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.
3 Days - A Sossusvlei trip including guided nature drives & visits to the dunes as well as a balloon safari
3 Days - NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia - this fully inclusive trip visits this scenic area
3 Days - Swakopmund on the Namibian coast is the destination of this self drive tour
4 Days - Etosha & Ongava reserve offer excellent wildlife viewing
12 Days - Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Ongava Reserves, Okonjima