Indigobird, canary and buntings
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Golden-breasted Bunting L: 16 cm (6·5") The combination of brilliant golden-yellow breast and yellow throat, boldly striped head, chestnut back and white wingbars easily identify this finch-like bird . When flushed, it shows bold white outer tail feathers as it flies away, and will often settle in a tree . The female looks similar to the male but is paler, and juveniles are duller still . This is a widespread and common resident throughout all of Kruger’s woodlands, where it feeds on seeds, nectar and insects . It has a buzzy, nasal call and a cheerful “toodletee chip-chip-chip” song . Cinnamon-breasted Bunting L: 15 cm (6") A slender bunting with cinnamon underparts, black-and-brown mottled upperparts and a black-and-orange bill . The male’s head is boldly striped black-and-white, while that of the female is less contrasting, with brown and buff stripes . This is a common and widespread resident in Kruger, occurring on rocky outcrops and in open woodland and grassland with a rocky component . It is often detected by its shrill, grating song . Village Indigobird L: 12 cm (4·5") In Kruger, this finch-like bird always has a red bill and red legs (farther north in its range the bill and legs can be much paler) . The breeding male is entirely shiny black, but females and non-breeding males are brown and streaky-headed, resembling female and non-breeding male whydahs . However, the Pin-tailed Whydah (page 160) always has dark legs, and other, rarer, indigobirds (none illustrated) always have pale pinkish-white bills . The Village Indigobird is a widespread and uncommon resident, although it is the most frequently encountered indigobird species in Kruger . It parasitizes the Red-billed Firefinch (page 156), mimicking its song and calls . Indigobird, canary and buntings male non-breeding/female male breeding 162 Yellow-fronted Canary L: 12 cm (4·5") A smallish canary, bright yellow below with a strong head pattern, including a bright yellow stripe above the eye, a yellow cheek and a black moustache . The larger, greenerfaced , and heavier-billed Brimstone Canary (not illustrated) occurs in the southwest of Kruger but is rare; and the much paler Lemon-breasted Canary (not illustrated) is rare and very local from Pafuri north . The Yellow-fronted Canary is a common and widespread resident in woodland and grassland throughout Kruger, where it feeds on grass and shrub seeds, nectar and invertebrates . BIRDS OF BROADLEAVED WOODLAND AND CAMPS female male male cinnamon-breasted bunting golden-breasted bunting 163 ...