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Alternative name: African Golden-breasted Bunting
Sexes are very similar, but females - buff tone to head, browner head stripes, and the back may have dark streaks.
Africa, south of the Sahara; absent from the equatorial forest belt.
There are four subspecies:
Dry open woodlands.
It is normally seen alone, in pairs or small groups.
They build a cup nest lined with fine grass or hair low in a shrub. The 2-3 glossy, black-lined, white or cream eggs are incubated for 12-13 days; the young fledge in another 16-17 days.
A ground feeder, the diet includes seeds, insects and spiders and sometimes larger creatures when the birds have young to feed.
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