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Acta Amazonica

Print version ISSN 0044-5967On-line version ISSN 1809-4392

Acta Amaz. vol.8 no.4 Manaus Dec. 1978 

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O bico-de-lacre (Estrilda astrild): um passarinho africano na avifauna de Manaus

David C. Oren1 

Nigel J. H. Smith1 

1Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus


The African finch Estrilda astrild is the only exotic bird other than the pigeon to have successfully colonized central Amazonia. The species distribution in Brasil is reviewed. E. astrild has gained a foothold in Amazonia by exploiting grasses native to its original home in Africa. The species potential for agricultural damage is small unless it adapts to feeding on rice. It appears unlikely that E. astrild will displace any native birds.

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