DE: Karmesinastrild, NL: Karmozijnzaadkraker (Karmozijnastrilde), FR: Pyréneste gros-bec,
ES: Pinzón Casca Nueces Rojo, IT: Spaccasemi rosso, PT: Estrilda bicuda carmim,
DK: Karminfrøknækker, SW: Karminastrild, NO: Karminastrild, FI: Loistomurskaajapeippo,
PL: Krasnoliczka szkarlatna, CZ: Rudoušek karmínový, HU: Karmazsinasztrild
Pyrenestus sanguineus sanguineus
Origin: Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast
Length: 13-14 cm.
Food: They feed on fiar-sized seeds of grass and other plants, mostly sedge (reed, papyrus, carex) with triangular stems and hard sharp edges. To open the strong seedboxes, a strong bill is indispensible. Moreover, they forage in rice paddies and the eat fruit as well. When raising their young they feed them living food too.
Shy birds which disappear in the undergrowth at the slitest danger. They do not fly often; they stay in or near low bushes. Solitary birds, but sometimes also seen together with several others, whil searching for food.
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