A male eating seeds at the edge of a foot path.

A male eating seeds at the edge of a foot path.
Species: African Quailfinch   Ortygospiza atricollis
Subspecies: atricollis
Author: Pieter de Groot Boersma
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Added to IBC: 20 Apr 2009 - 19:40
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Altitude (m): 
12 meters


The name Quailfinch is a derivative of its behaviour. At a disturbance it first goes flat on the ground, before flying away at the last moment. It then lands not to far away. This same behaviour is executed by the Quail.


Pieter de Groot Boersma, IBC1170502. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1170502.

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Pieter de Groot Boersma, IBC1170502. Video of African Quailfinch Ortygospiza atricollis at Pirang, Gambia. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1170502.

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