Black-faced Firefinch - Lagonosticta larvata
The male's mask formed by the black cheeks and throat is a field mark. Upperparts grey but rump and tail dull
crimson. Underparts grey, with white dots on the sides of the breast. Female has dull brown upperparts and
buffish underparts, lacks the black mask but has the crimson tail.
The song is given by both sexes, consists of vairous
ringing notes repeated in a random sequence, interspersed with squeaky whistles, trills, and warbles.
A series of two clear whistled notes sung together, the
first one low and slurred down and the second high
and slurred up.