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13 cm (5 in)
Immature and non breeding males are similar to females
Madagascar with several smaller islands.
They have been introduced to many Indian ocean islands, such as the Seychelles.
Subspecies bruante is not recognised by most authorities
They can be found in town gardens, spiny forests, open country and savanna.
Their diet consists mostly of seeds, but they also include nectar and arthropods.
The oval nest is made from strips of grass woven together by the male. The entrance is near the top. It is attached to reeds, tall grass shrubs or trees. The clutch consists of 2-4 pale bluish-green eggs which are incubated by the female. The chicks are fed by both adults.
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