(845) 14 cm; 12 g
One of the most colourful seedeaters in region with violet cheeks,
red bill, blue rump and forehead, and rich chestnut body.
Paler than M with fawn underparts.
than F, and lacks bright facial colours; bill black.
common resident, sedentary or locally nomadic. Usually in pairs or
small family groups.
and arid savanna, especially with tangled Acacia thickets.
seeds but also insects and nectar.
Nest an oval ball of dry grass, usually placed 1-2 m high in shrub
or tree. Parasitised by Shaft-tailed Whydah.