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Black-bellied seedcracker (Pyrenestes ostrinus)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Pyrenestes
Swainson, 1837
Type species
Pirenestes sanguineus[1]
Swainson, 1837

P. sanguineus
P. ostrinus
P. minor

The seedcrackers are the genus Pyrenestes of the estrildid finches family. These birds are found in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are gregarious seed eaters with short, very thick, grey bills. All have crimson on the face and tail.


The members are:

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Crimson seedcracker Pyrenestes sanguineus Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
Black-bellied seedcracker Pyrenestes ostrinus SE Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, South Sudan, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Western and Southern Cameroon, Central African Republic, SW Chad, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Uganda, W Kenya, Angola, Zambia and SW Tanzania.
Lesser seedcracker Pyrenestes minor Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.


  1. ^ "Estrildidae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
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