Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)
The African quailfinch, spectacled quailfinch, or white-chinned quailfinch (Ortygospiza fuscocrissa), is a common species of estrildid finch found in eastern and southern Africa. Some taxonomists consider it to be conspecific with the black-faced quailfinch, others consider all three species to be conspecific.
The African quailfinch is 10 centimeters (4 inches) in length and weighs 9-14 grams (0.3-0.5 ounces). It is small and compact with dark grey underparts, barred breasts and flanks, and an orange-buff central belly. The feathers around its eye and on its chin are white. Breeding males have a red bill, while the bills of females and non-breeding males have a brown upper mandible and a red lower mandible. The female is paler than the male and has less distinctive barring.
It calls a tinny "chink-chink" when in flight.
Distribution and ecology
The following subspecies are accepted:
- O. f. fuscocrissa – Eritrea and Ethiopia
- O. f. muelleri – Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
- O. f. smithersi – Zambia
- O. f. pallida – Botswana and Zimbabwe
- O. f. digressa – Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa
- Quail Finch/Black-faced quailfinch - Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds.
- Sinclair, Ian; Ryan, Peter (2009). Complete Photographic Field Guide Birds of Southern Africa. Struik Nature.
- "African Quailfinch (Ortygospiza atricollis)". www.hbw.com. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.7. Downloaded from