Rock firefinch

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Rock firefinch
Rock Firefinch (Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis), crop.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Lagonosticta
L. sanguinodorsalis
Binomial name
Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis
Payne, 1998

The rock firefinch (Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis) is a species of estrildid finch found in northern Nigeria. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 29,000 km². The status of the species is evaluated as Least Concern.


The Rock firefinch has a blue-grey bill, red back in the male and reddish brown back in the female and juvenile and broad primaries in both the adult and juvenile.


It is commonly found in bushy and rocky outcrops on the Jos Plateau and inselbergs to the north and east. It probably feeds on grass seeds.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.