Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Western Bluebill (Spermophaga haematina) - HBW 15, p. 323

French: Becbleu sanguin German: Rotbrust-Samenknacker Spanish: Estrilda Piquigorda Cabecinegra
Other common names: Red-breasted/Crimson-breasted/Gabon Bluebill, Red-breasted Forest Weaver, Blue-billed Weaver/Waxbill

Taxonomy: Loxia haematina Vieillot, 1808, Africa = Ghana.
May form a superspecies with S. ruficapilla, and sometimes considered conspecific; ranges of the two meet in NE, E & S DRCongo (Uele, Kivu and Kasai), where specimens are intermediate in plumage, but majority of birds are clearly of one or the other species, indicating that the two are distinct. Races togoensis and pustulata intergrade in S Cameroon. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • haematina ( Vieillot, 1808) - Gambia, S Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, SW Mali, Guinea, and Sierra Leone E to Ghana.
  • togoensis ( Neumann, 1910) - Togo E to SW Nigeria.
  • pustulata ( Voigt, 1831) - SE Nigeria, Cameroon and SW Central African Republic S to NW Angola (Cabinda), E to NE, E & S DRCongo.