French: Combassou du Nigéria German: Grünschwanzwitwe Spanish: Viuda nigeriana
Kiri, Gongola River, northern Nigeria
Gambia (old records), S Mali (Bouche de Baoulé, Kara), Ghana (Sung, R Yombaba), NC & E Nigeria, NC Cameroon, and S South Sudan (Yei).
10–11 cm; 10–14 g. Male breeding is black with dull green gloss (under mid-day sun may appear black, blue or purplish), concealed white flank spot; tail brown,... read more
Song churring and scratchy, mixed with imitations of songs and calls of African Quailfinch.... read more
Open grassy areas with scattered bushes or trees, open ground, grassy floodplains, rice fields,... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, taken from surface of ground. Breeding male feeds in his breeding territory; family group of hosts and young feed... read more
In N Nigeria, males in breeding plumage, song and courtship and mating in Jul and Sept–Nov, females with egg in oviduct Oct–Nov... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Distribution extremely local; species perhaps widely overlooked. Known from very few sites, widely scattered; these include type locality on Gongola-... read more
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