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Western Bluebill (Spermophaga haematina).jpg
Western bluebill (Spermophaga haematina)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Spermophaga
Swainson, 1837

S. poliogenys
S. haematina
S. ruficapilla

The bluebills are the genus Spermophaga of the estrildid finches family. These birds are found in tropical Africa. They are gregarious seed eaters with short, thick, blue and red bills. All have plumage which is mainly crimson and black or dark grey.


The members are:

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Grant's bluebill Spermophaga poliogenys Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.
Western Bluebill m - Gambia (32528245061).jpg Western bluebill Spermophaga haematina Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Red-headed Bluebill - Kakamega - Kenya 06 2643 (22568963858).jpg Red-headed bluebill Spermophaga ruficapilla Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.


  • Clement, Harris and Davis, Finches and Sparrows ISBN 0-7136-8017-2