Purple Grenadier

Uraeginthus ianthinogaster

Purple Grenadier, Uraeginthus ianthinogaster, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Nairobi, Kenya. July 2014.

Even a fleeting glimpse of a male Purple Grenadier is usually enough to identify this bird species with its red conical bill and electric blue on belly and rump.

Estrildidae -- Waxbill Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

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