14 cm; 17–29 g. Male has most of head down to throat orange, bordered by chestnut-brown crescent on breast (better defined on some specimens than on others), nape olive... read more
Song described as a series of creaking notes, "eee-urr-twa-twee-twu". Low-pitched chattering from... read more
Palm savanna on coast, also riverine vegetation, extending into savanna in regions below 1200 m and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet seeds and insects. Gregarious.
Breeds in all months (peaks Oct and Jan) in Kenya, but May–Oct in Mombasa; May–Jul in Somalia, and Jun and Dec–Apr in... read more
Presumed resident, with some local wandering away from breeding areas.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Old records from upper R Jubba, in SE Ethiopia. Reported as damaging ripening crops in Somalia.
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