Red-backed mannikin

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Red-backed mannikin
Black-and-White Mannikin - Kenya S4E9047 (22973884472).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Lonchura
Species: L. nigriceps
Binomial name
Lonchura nigriceps
(Cassin, 1852)

Spermestes nigriceps
Spermestes bicolor nigriceps
Spermestes bicolor woltersi

The red-backed mannikin (Lonchura nigriceps), also known as the brown-backed mannikin or brown-backed munia, is a common species of estrildid finch found in Africa.


This taxon has been considered a subspecies of L. bicolor, the black-and-white mannikin.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It occurs in Angola, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is found in moist savanna and subtropical/ tropical lowland moist forest habitat. The status of the species is evaluated as being of Least Concern.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lonchura nigriceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Spermestes nigriceps". Avibase.

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