French: Combassou du Jos German: Jos-Plateau-Witwe Spanish: Viuda del Jos
Vidua funerea maryae
Panshanu, 30 miles [c. 50 km] east of Jos, Nigeria
On and near Jos Plateau, in N Nigeria; also N Cameroon#R.
10–11 cm; 12–14·5 g. Male breeding is black with green to blue-green gloss, concealed flank spot white; tail brown, upperwing with inner three secondaries and... read more
Song churring and scratchy, much as those of other indigobirds, mixed with imitations of songs and... read more
Base of rocky outcrops in semi-arid Guinean savanna in relatively undisturbed land, at 800–... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, taken from ground. Male and females feed in male territory in breeding season.
Breeding season probably Sept/Oct–Dec, inferred from observation of birds in breeding plumage, song, courtship behaviour and mating.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Occurs in a restricted range in N Nigeria on and near Jos Plateau: observed at Kagoro, Jos (Taboru, Bukuru), Panshanu Pass, and Dok-Pai hills (near... read more
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