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Alternative names: Grey-breasted Oliveback; White-cheeked Oliveback; White-cheeked Olive Weaver; White-cheeked Waxbill
Sexes similar. Juveniles are similar to adults but have a darker grey, a grey face patch, olive-buff flanks and a grey bill.
From Guinea, southern Mali and Ivory Coast east to Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, South Sudan, northeast DR Congo and northwest Uganda. Vagrant to Gambia.
This is a monotypic species.
Found at forest edge, grassy savanas, woodland along rivers, undergrowth and near swamps, streams and rivers. Occurs in Uganda below 1200m.
Feeds on seeds of wild figs, other fruits and grasses. Takes also small insects and snails. Forages from the ground up to the canopy. An acrobatic species, gleans leaves and twigs and flies from leaf to leaf. Usually seen in pairs or singly.
Nest-building recorded from July to August in Togo, breeding season June to July in Nigeria, July to October in DR Congo and May to June in Uganda. The nest is a hollow tangle with a side entrance and made of dry weeds and grass stems. It's placed ca. 2.5m above the ground in a fork of a bush or a tree. Lays 3 to 5 eggs.
A resident species.
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