African Firefinch

About the African Firefinch

Also known as: Pale-billed Firefinch, Dark Firefinch, Blue-billed Firefinch
The African Firefinch is a small species of finch with a wide range across parts of sub-Saharn Africa. It lives in a variety of habitats, including woodland, forest and forest edges, and bushy grassland. These omnivorous birds feed on seeds and insects.

Male African Firefinches (like our Birdorable example) can be recognized by their dark red body plumage and olive-brown wings. They also have distinctive white spots on the flanks. Females are similar with a less intense vibrancy. There are four or five recognized subspecies, depending on the taxonomy authority. These differ slightly in coloration (plumage) and range.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 December 2022
Scientific Name
Lagonosticta rubricata
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Lagonosticta
  • L. rubricata
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
3.9 to 4.5 inches
.3 to .4 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 灰顶火雀
Czech (Cesky) amarant tmavý
Danish (Dansk) Mørkerød Amarant
Dutch (Nederlands) Donkerrode Amarant
Finnish (Suomi) tuliruusupeippo
French (Français) Amarante foncé
German (Deutsch) Dunkelamarant
Italian (Italiano) Amaranto africano
Japanese (日本語) カゲロウチョウ [kagerouchou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartnebbamarant
Polish (Polski) amarantka zmienna
Portuguese (Português) Peito-de-fogo-de-bico-azul
Russian (русский язык) Тёмно-красный амарант
Spanish (Español) Amaranta Ocre
Swedish (Svenska) Mörkröd amarant
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