French: Veuve de Chapin German: Breitschwanzwitwe Spanish: Viuda coliancha
Steganura aucupum obtusa
S & E DRCongo and SW Uganda S to N & C Angola, Tanzania (except NE), Zambia, Malawi, NW & S Mozambique, Botswana (Chobe), NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip) and N & SE Zimbabwe; old records from C Kenya and NE South Africa.
13–14 cm, breeding male 26–28 cm; 17·8-26 g. Male breeding has top and side of head black, nape dark coppery rufous, upperparts black, breast dark maroon, belly... read more
Songs and calls mimic those of Orange-winged Pytilia. Distinctive song with rattling note and fluty... read more
Miombo (Brachystegia) woodland and old cultivated fields, and grassland with riverine... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds. In breeding season forages alone, or male feeds with one or more females, on bare ground, on edges of tracks and open... read more
Season Jan–Jul, from end of rains to well into dry season: males in breeding plumage Mar–Jul in DRCongo (Katanga), and large... read more
Resident, or locally nomadic. Large flocks occur at end of breeding season in upper R Zambezi, may... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. In breeding season c. 2 birds/km in Zambia (Mkushi, Mazabuka, Choma) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls, where best seen above the... read more
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