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Length 14 cm (5Â½ in)
Euplectes albonotatus has three subspecies.1
Tall grassland with bushes, including tall grass in road verges and old lands; often moist or marshy areas.
Non-breeding birds forage in large flocks (often with other seed-eating species). Diet is mainly grass seeds; also nectar and insects.
Sings from an elevated perch: squee-squi-squeege. Also a rustling shwrrr.
Polygynous; male defends a territory of 0.1 to 0.2 ha and breeds with up to four females in a season. The oval nest is built using grass and has a side-top entrance. It is located in dense grass within 1.3 m of the ground. Two to four eggs are incubated for 12-14 days by the female; the nestling period is 11-14 days. Parasitised by Dideric Cuckoo.
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