French: Anomalospize parasite German: Kuckuckswitwe Spanish: Viuda anómala
Other common names:
“East Africa“= Zanzibar
Subspecies and Distribution
A. i. butleri
W. L. Sclater & Mackworth-Praed, 1918 – Gambia (rare), S Mali (inner R Niger Delta), Sierra Leone and Liberia E patchily to Nigeria and Cameroon; South Sudan and NE DRCongo (Uele).
A. i. imberbis
(Cabanis, 1868) – patchily in Ethiopia, E Africa, S DRCongo (Kasai, Katanga) and N & SE Angola S to N & E South Africa.
11–12 cm; 18–21g (Kenya), 20–22·5 g (Transvaal). Small, stocky finch with short tail and short, stubby bill with upper mandible laterally compressed... read more
Male song, from perch in bush or tree, a high, chirping "choop-ee-choo" or "dzi-bee-chew" or a thin... read more
Open grassland and savanna, damp meadows with high grasses, grassy riverine floodplains, shrubland... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds and other soft seeds, also hard seeds of sedges (Scirpus) and sunflowers (Helianthus). Rarely, insects. Takes... read more
Breeds in rains, along with host species: lays in Aug and Nov in Ethiopia (W highlands); in E Africa, Feb–Jun in areas N & E of L... read more
Not well known. In most of range resident, or a seasonal wanderer moving with rains to regions with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, but uncommon and local. Patchy distribution prevents any reasonably accurate population estimates; total of 250 individuals in Kruger... read more
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