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Dusky Indigobird | Vidua funerea

The Dusky 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 Dusky Indigobird (Latin name Vidua funerea) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Vidua funerea can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 864 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1078. You will find a picture of the Dusky 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.

This bird is known as Black Widowfinch in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Dusky Indigobird is known in Afrikaans as Gewone Blouvinkie.

The Dusky Indigobird has a height of 12 cms and weighs around 15 gms. The head is coloured blue while the bill is coloured white. The Vidua funerea has a blue coloured throat, orange legs and a blue coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Vidua funerea 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 blue

Eyes are brown

Bill is white

Legs are orange

Throat is blue

Back is blue

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

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 Dusky Indigobird does not built its own nest but rather invades the nest of other birds. If the bird does not find an empty nest it will attack the host (original nest owner) and displace it

The Dusky Indigobird is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

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

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 Dusky Indigobird is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

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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