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Red-winged Pytilla
Red-winged Pytilla
Red-winged Pytilla

Red-winged Pytilla

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The red-winged pytilia (Pytilia phoenicoptera) is a common species of estrildid finch found in Africa. It is found at Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.

Description:

Grey overall with black bill. The wings, tail and rump are red(hence Red-winged)with white on underside. Sexes look similar but the red on the hen is less intense with more brown over all than the male. Juveniles are brown-grey with a blackish red beak.

Song:

The Red-winged Pytilla song has been described as a pleasant fluting strophe sound.

Breeding:

The Red-winged Pytilla hen will lay 3-6 eggs. The incubation is done by the cock during the day and the hen at night, although both may roost in the nest at night. Incubation is approximately 12 days and fledging occurs between 18-21 days.

Diet:

Paradise Earth Premium Finch Blend, Insect Blend and greens.