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Twinspot Indigobird | Vidua codringtoni

The Twinspot Indigobird is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Viduidae bird family group which includes birds such as Whydahs, Indigobirds, Cuckoo Finch.

The description for the Twinspot Indigobird (Latin name Vidua codringtoni) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Vidua codringtoni can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1080. You will find a picture of the Twinspot Indigobird on page 1072.

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 Twinspot Indigobird has a height of 11 cms and weighs around 13 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured white. The Vidua codringtoni has a black coloured throat, orange legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Vidua codringtoni 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 black

Eyes are brown

Bill is white

Legs are orange

Throat is black

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Vidua codringtoni forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Twinspot Indigobird is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

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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