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Length 9.5-10 cm, mass 8-14 g. Very small, with short tail.
Females lack the facial mask and are duller.
Juveniles similar to the female but have fainter barring and a darker bill.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Black-faced Quailfinch.
This species has five subspecies:
Open areas with patchy grass growth, near water, sandy grassland, marsh, farms and croplands, and recently mowed areas.
The diet includes small grass seeds and on occasional spiders or insects.
A dome-shaped nest of grass stems and blades is built on the ground. The clutch consists of 4-6 white eggs which are incubated by both parents.
The call is a metallic djink, trillink or chwillink (often given in flight), and the song is a series of click, clack, cluck notes delivered rapidly and repeatedly.
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