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Crimson Seedcracker

DE: Karmesinastrild, NL: Karmozijnzaadkraker (Karmozijnastrilde), FR: Pyréneste gros-bec,
ES: Pinzón Casca Nueces Rojo, IT: Spaccasemi rosso, PT: Estrilda bicuda carmim,  
Karminfrøknækker, SW: Karminastrild, NO: Karminastrild, FI: Loistomurskaajapeippo,
PL: Krasnoliczka szkarlatna, CZ: Rudoušek karmínový, HU: Karmazsinasztrild

Pyrenestus sanguineus

Pyrenestus sanguineus sanguineus
Pyrenestus s.coccineus

Origin: Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast
Length: 13-14 cm.

Crimson Seedcracker (female)

Crimson Seedcracker (male)

Crimson Seedcracker (female)

Crimson Seedcracker (female)

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.

More information you will find in my Books (see Publications).

Free nest against the ceiling

Free nest Crimson seeedcrackers against the ceiling

Above open box 12x10 cm

Crimson seedcrackers, nest above open box 12×10 cm

In box behind green

Crimson seedcrackers, nest in box behind green


Female breeding, male on guard

Crimson seedcrackers, female breeding, male on guard

14 days old

Crimson seedcracker,14 days old

4 weeks, with parents

Crimson seedcrackers,4 weeks old, with parents