Red-billed Firefinch, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Red-billed Firefinch, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

During my stay in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last December I frequently saw the beautiful Red-billed Firefinch. This species was very common in the grounds of the school where my daughter was teaching. The extensive grounds were ideal for this seed-eating species and they were often encountered in grassy areas, on or near the school oval and on the lawns next to the classrooms.

The Red-billed Firefinch is also very common throughout sub-Sahara Africa. It is often found in open grassland and cultivated areas. The nest is a domed grass structure with an entrance on the side. The nest is parasitised by the Village Indigobird which was also present on the school campus. (I’ll feature that species in a few days’ time.)

Interestingly I didn’t get any photos of the female of this species. Females are a uniform brown colour all over, except for a red eyebrow and red on the rump.

Red-billed Firefinch, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Red-billed Firefinch, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Red-billed Firefinch, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

 

6 Responses to “Red-billed Firefinch, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia”

  1. John Tongue says:

    Nice one, Trevor! A bit like our Crimson and Painted Finches.

  2. Louise says:

    What a beautiful bird. One I’ve certainly never seen before.

  3. Susan says:

    Beautiful bird and aptly named!

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