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Red-throated Twinspot | Hypargos niveoguttatus

The Red-throated Twinspot is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Estrildidae bird family group which includes birds such as Waxbills, Firefinches, Twinspots.

The description for the Red-throated Twinspot (Latin name Hypargos niveoguttatus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Hypargos niveoguttatus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 839 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1056. You will find a picture of the Red-throated Twinspot on page 1056.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

Neither the Latin nor the Engish name for this bird has been affected by recent nomenclature modifications ? these changes have been incorporated into Robert's 7th Edition where appropriate.

The Red-throated Twinspot is known in Afrikaans as Rooikeelkolpensie.

The Red-throated Twinspot has a height of 13 cms and weighs around 15 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured brown. The Hypargos niveoguttatus has a grey coloured throat, yellow legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Hypargos niveoguttatus has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey

Eyes are brown

Bill is brown

Legs are yellow

Throat is grey

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Hypargos niveoguttatus attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Red-throated Twinspot is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 3 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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