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Red-faced Crimson-wing

DE: Reichnow Bergastrild, NL: Reichenow bergastrilde, FR: Sénégali de Reichenow,
ES: Pinzón Alirojo de Cara Roja, IT: Alarossa di Reichenow, PT: Asa carmin de cara vermelha,
DK: Bjergastrild, SW: Bergastrild, NO: Brilleastrild, FI: Pikkupunapeippo,
PL: Krasnorzytka maskowa, CZ: Astrild horský, HU: Reichenow hegyi asztrildja

Cryptospiza reichenovii

Cryptospiza reichenovii reichenovii.
Cryptospiza r. australis (+ocularis and homogenus)

Origin: Cameroon, Fernando Po (Bioko), Angola, D.R. Congo (Zaire), Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi

Length: 11 cm

Red-faced Crimson-wing (male)

Red-faced Crimson-wing (male)

Red-faced Crimson-wing (female)

Red-faced Crimson-wing (female)

Food: They seek edible seeds of various plants and grasses on the ground, or pick the seeds out of spikes. Crimson-wings eat more insects than some other species, such as estrildids for example. Insects are essential, particularly during the time they are rearing their young. Crimson-wings probably have a high metabolic rate, as they eat more than other African estrilds

Crimson-wings are mostly found in pairs. When in search of food they sometimes join up with others of their species, and with other estrildid finches. They are quiet timid birds that do not attract attention in any aviary. They prefer to stay in the shrubbery, swiftly and almost inaudibly hopping from branch to branch.