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Fan-tailed widowbird

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Fan-tailed widowbirds (Euplectes axillaris) can be found papyrus swamps and reedbeds. Large flocks in the non-breeding season are common often with other bishops, widowbirds and weavers.

Distribution: Fairly common in the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), notably Bwabwata National Park and the Zambezi and Chobe River systems.

Diet: Forages in vegetation or on the ground for seeds of grasses. Also eats caterpillars and termites.

Description: A predominately black coloured bird, less for cinnamon-brown underwing coverts. The colouration between breeding and non-breeding adults, changes to brown upper parts and black wings.

Breeding: From October to March females lay 2 to 3 eggs at daily intervals and incubated for around 13 days.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 27g.

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