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Village Indigobird

Vidua chalybeata

Range

  • Central & South Africa

Habitat

  • Savannas

Diet

  • Grass seeds

These brood parasites lay their eggs in the nests of Red-billed Firefinches instead of raising the chicks themselves.

Male Village Indigobirds learn the songs of their adoptive parents and females learn to listen for these songs to find a mate. Found in sub-Saharan regions, they are one of ten species of small African finches with shiny black males and sparrow-patterned females.

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