Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Red-winged Pytilia (Pytilia phoenicoptera) - HBW 15, p. 332

French: Beaumarquet aurore German: Auroraastrild Spanish: Estrilda Alirroja
Other common names: Crimson-winged Pytilia, Aurora Finch/Waxbill/Pytilia

Taxonomy: Pytilia phoenicoptera Swainson, 1837, West Africa = Gambia.
Probably forms a superspecies with P. hypogrammica and P. lineata, and has been considered conspecific with latter; previously thought to be close to P. afra, but such a relationship not supported by results of molecular-genetic studies. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • phoenicoptera Swainson, 1837 - Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, S Mali and N Ivory Coast E to SE Burkina Faso, Benin and N Nigeria.
  • emini E. J. O. Hartert, 1899 - Cameroon, S Chad, Central African Republic, S Sudan, NE DRCongo and N Uganda.

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