Red-headed Finch (Amadina erythrocephala)
The Red-headed Finch (Amadina erythrocephala) is in fact not a true finch of the Fringillidae family but is a similar shaped bird with a heavier set bill and thus more related to 'Pytilias' like the Green-winged Pytilia (Pytilia melba). Primarily a seed eater male Red-headed Fiches are unmistakable in the field with their barred or scalloped underparts, whitish bill and bright red head which easily gives this species its name. The female Red-headed Finch is less conspicuous with similar markings but has a plain grey/brown head not bright red like the male.
Found in many parts of central and western sub-Saharan Africa the Red-headed Finch is almost endemic to this region. Often found in large flocks with other seed eaters the Red-headed Finch favours broad leaved woodland, dry grassland and acacia. The Red-headed Finch breeds singly or in small groups and often uses old weavers nests or a hole in a tree, where the females lays between 4-6 eggs.
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