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Blue-breasted Cordon-bleu

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Photo by MybsMatetsi Water Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May 2005
Photo by Mybs
Matetsi Water Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May 2005

Alternative names: Blue Waxbill; Southern Cordonbleu

Uraeginthus angolensis

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[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto by rudydbnWarmbad, Namibia, August 2004
Female
Photo by rudydbn
Warmbad, Namibia, August 2004

12–13 cm (4¾-13 in)
The only blue waxbill in most of its range.

  • Greyish-brown crown, back and upper wing
  • Blue rump, uppertail-coverts and long pointed tail
  • Greyish bill

[edit] Similar species

Blue-capped Cordonbleu has a pink-red bill, head of male entirely blue
Male Red-cheeked Cordonbleu has a red cheek patch.

[edit] Distribution

Africa: Bioko, southern DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, eastern South Africa and Swaziland.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 [1]

  • U. a. angolensis:
  • U. a. niassensis:

Three other subspecies: damarensis, cyanopleurus and natalensis are not recognised by all authorities[2]

[edit] Habitat

Dry woodland, savanna and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds mainly on grass seeds taken from the ground or directly from the inflorescence. Also eats small fuit and insects.

[edit] Breeding

Monogamous and territorial, but only defends immediate vicinity of nest. The nest is a ball of dry grass with a side entrance, usually placed within 4 m of the ground in a bush or tree. Two to seven eggs are laid; incubated for 11-12 days by both sexes. Occasionally parasitised by Shaft-tailed Whydah.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 0620340533
  4. Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299

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