Vidua codringtoni (Twinspot
Groenblouvinkie [Afrikaans]; Codrington-atlasvink [Dutch];
Combassou de Codrington [French]; Nicolai-atlaswitwe [German]
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Order: Passeriformes > Family: Viduidae
Distribution and habitat
Occurs in isolated patches of southern Tanzania, Zambia and
Malawi, with a separate population in north-western and eastern Zimbabwe,
extending into adjacent north-central Mozambique. It generally prefers edges of
riverine and lowland evergreen forest and nearby thickets, also in rank
vegetation in Acacia woodland.
It does most of its foraging on the ground, feeding on
- Its breeding habits are not well known; it is a polygynous brood parasite,
with males defending the territory surrounding a perch which it displays on.
Its main host is
- It lays one egg daily in sets of three, taking a few days break in
Status unknown, but it is probably not threatened.
Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts
- Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker
Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.