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Cut-throat finch

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Cut-throat finches (Amadina fasciata) prefer semi-arid savannah woodland under 1,500m high. If they are observed in pairs, this indicates their breeding season, otherwise small to large flocks are common.

Distribution: Isolated populations in the north of the country as well as Tsumkwe and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Forages mainly on the ground for seeds and termites.

Description: A small, finch with a sturdy, conical bill. Pale brown upper parts with a finely barred black. Tail dark brown with a white tip. A distinctive red band occurs around the throat, giving it a 'cut-throat' appearance below a white chin.

Breeding: From 2 to 7 eggs are laid mainly in March and April and incubated in a round, grass nest with a short tunnel entrance for around 12 days.

Size: 12cm. Weight: 19g.

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