French: Veuve métallique German: Glanzwitwe Spanish: Viuda metálica
J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux
coast of West Africa; error = East Africa
S South Sudan (S of 5° N and E of R Nile), NE Uganda, Ethiopia, NW & S Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania (dry C plateau from E Rift Valley S to Tabora, Morogoro, Mikumi and Usangu Flats in Mbeya region, and Iringa).
10–11 cm, breeding male 30–31 cm; 11–13 g. Male breeding is glossy blue-black, with small white patch on upper flank (normally concealed by back feathers);... read more
Song a series of short phrases lasting many minutes with little repetition, a long bout of short... read more
Lowland thorn-scrub country and acacia (Acacia) thickets with short grass, to 1360 m.... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, taken from ground. Nestlings fed with half-ripe seeds and insects. Uncovers seeds scattered on ground surface by rapidly... read more
Lays in May in Sudan, female with oviduct egg in Nov in Ethiopia, and fledglings in Sept in S Somalia; in Kenya, season Jun–Sept at L... read more
Resident; seasonal movements are likely to take place in arid habitats to permit breeding during... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon throughout its range. Estimated global range 570,000 km2. Decidedly uncommon in areas with intensive grazing; around L Baringo, in Kenya,... read more
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