5 Interesting Facts About Quailfinch Indigobirds

This is a male quailfinch indigobird looking for something to eat

This is a male quailfinch indigobird looking for something to eat

There are not many birds that start with the letter q, but one of them is the quailfinch indigobird.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These lovely little birds only measure about 11 cm long.  The males are a very bright and glossy green, whilst the females are a much duller brown.
  2. Like cuckoos, these guys are parasitic breeders which means that they lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.  In their case, they only use the nests of African quailfinches, but they don’t remove their hosts’ eggs.
  3. They are excellent mimics and can copy the songs of African quailfinches.
  4. Quailfinch indigobirds use their sharp, strong beaks to eat seeds and grain.
  5. They are found in tropical grasslands and rainforests throughout Africa in the Gambia, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, South Sudan and Cameroon.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about quailfinch indigobirds?

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