- Ortygospiza atricollis
Length 9.5-10 cm, mass 8-14 g. Very small, with short tail.
- Greyish-brown upperparts
- White barring on chest and flanks
- Black facial mask
- Red bill when breeding
- Pinkish legs
- Long hind claw
Females lack the facial mask and are duller.
Juveniles similar to the female but have fainter barring and a darker bill.
This species has three subspecies:
- O. a. atricollis (ugandae):
- O. a. ugandae:
- O. a. ansorgei:
It was formerly considered conspecific with African Quailfinch.
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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- Feathered Flyer
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