I hope you enjoy this gallery of Firefinches and Mannikins from my African Safaris.

The estrildid finches are small passerine birds of the Old World tropics and Australasia. They can be classified as the family Estrildidae (waxbills, munias and allies), or as a subfamily within the family Passeridae, which strictly defined comprises the Old World sparrows.

They are gregarious and often colonial seed eaters with short, thick, but pointed bills. They are all similar in structure and habits, but vary widely in plumage colours and patterns.

This gallery includes:
Red-billed Firefinch: Also known as the Senegal Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala)

Bronze Mannikin: Also known as Bronze Munia (Lonchura cucullata)

Red-throated Twinspot or Peters's twinspot, Hypargos niveoguttatus


There is no official collective noun for the Firefinch and so I have decided that torch should be used for a group of Firefinch.

Mannikins have a great collective noun, a Display and or a Storefront are their. collective nouns

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Bronze Mannikin - KenyaPuffed Up and PerchedRed-throated Twinspot (Female) in TanzaniaRed-throated Twinspot (Male) in TanzaniaRed-billed Firefinch (Male) in KenyaRed-billed Firefinch (Female) in KenyaRed-billed Firefinch (Female) in KenyaRed-cheeked Cordon-bleu in KenyaRed-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Female) in an Acacia