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Alternative name: Variable Indigobird
Length 11-12 cm, mass 15 g
 Similar Species
The southern race can be distiguished from other Indigobirds by the pale bill and orange-red legs and feet. However, the northern race (found north of the Limpopo River) is very similar to the Purple Indigobird; here it is best distiguished by call.
Sub-Saharan Africa. Discontinuous; Malawi, much of Zambia, eastern Zimbabwe, parts of Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and eastern South Africa. There are isolated populations in Tanzania, Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Vidua funerea has two subspecies:
Woodland, forest edges, grassy rank vegetation, cultivated lands and gardens.
Forages on bare and sparsely vegetated ground for small seeds. Takes termite aletes in flight. Females and nonbreeding males are inconspicuous, often feeding in mixed-species flocks.
The Dusky Indigobird is a brood parasite, the host species being the African Firefinch.
Males are conspicuous in breeding season when they call for long periods from a prominent perch.
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