Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala
Male Red-billed Firefinch, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole NP, Ghana
June 2011

The Red-billed Firefinch is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara in open savanna and scrub. It is also present in desert oases as far north as southern Algeria. It feeds on grass seeds and insects such as termites.

Female Red-billed Firefinch, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image This is one of the more common Firefinches. The male, seen here in photo 1, has an entirely red head and a yellowish eyering. The female (photo 2) is brown with a red spot in front of the eye. Both sexes have a red bill and red rump while the tail is black with red margins.
Male and female Red-billed Firefinch, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image
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