Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu Uraeginthus bengalus
Male Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Mole National Park, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole National Park, Ghana
June 2011

The Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara in the bush and grasslands of West Africa and surrounding the Congo Basin. It is frequently found in gardens and villages and feeds on grass seeds and other grains.

Male Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Mole National Park, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image It is a most attractive little finch. The male, see here in photos 1 and 2, has a red patch on the ear coverts while the somewhat duller female in photo 3 has no red cheek patch.

The song is thin and high-pitched.

Female Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Mole National Park, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image
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