red head; scalloped underparts; thick conical bill (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Red-headed Finch
Amadina erythrocephala

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a distinctive finch usually seen in small flocks in dry thornveld grasslands where it feeds mostly on the ground, sometimes in mixed-species flocks.

dorsal view; tan upperparts with light wingbars (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

posing for a portrait (South Africa; 2007-06-30)