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Blue-billed Firefinch
Blue-billed Firefinch
Bird. A shy bird, the blue-billed firefinch forages for food on the ground, pecking with his bill to break up clumps of soil. Usually hiding in dense brush, firefinches quickly fly to cover if flushed or discovered. These birds make a variety of sounds — repeated trills, a high-pitched bell-like tinkle, sharp alarms, and soft cluckings. They live most often in pairs or small groups, and male birds build the nests. However, both males and females line the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young. They usually lay 3 to 5 white eggs. Nestlings become independent just 14 days after hatching.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Lagonosticta rubricata 1 to 5 years
Omnivore. Seeds and insects.
Predators and Threats
Chameleons. Also sensitive to loss of habitat.
They like thick vegetation, riverine bush, and thickets. Native to Southern Africa: in Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.