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The locust finch or locustfinch (Paludipasser locustella) is a species of estrildid finch found in south-central and south-eastern Africa. It is the only species in the genus Paludipasser. It is sometimes placed in the genus Ortygospiza.

Locust finch
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Paludipasser
Neave, 1909
P. locustella
Binomial name
Paludipasser locustella
(Neave, 1909)
  • Ortygospiza locustella Lynes & Sclater, 1934


The locust finch was previously listed as near threatened. However, due to lack of information, it was suggested that it remains widespread and locally common, and there is no evidence of significant declines. The population of this species may have declined for the past few decades due to a series of droughts in the 1980s. It is threatened by the cage-bird trade and loss of marshland habitat, partly due to dry periods.


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