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purple Indigo bird

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Purple Indigo birds (Vidua purpurascens) inhabit riverine forests and dry woodland. Habits include hopping around the ground and roosting with mixed species in regions with dense trees.

Distribution: Isolated recordings along the Kunene and Kavango Rivers. Also observed in Mahango National Park and Bwabwata National Park.

Diet: Eats grass seeds such as from swamp grass, collecting hundreds of them before de-husking the grass seeds individually.

Description: A predominately black head and body with a bluish-purple wash. Blackish-brown flight feathers and tail. Purpurascens refers to the glossy plumage.

Breeding: Females lay sets of 3 to 4 eggs in the nest of the Jameson's firefinch in April.

Size: 11cm. Weight: 13g.

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