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White-winged Widowbird

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White-winged Widowbird

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Euplectes albonotatus

The White-winged Widowbird is found in Africa south of the Sahara. It is normally found in wetlands, grasslands, savannah and sometimes in farmlands.

They feed mainly on seeds, insects (mainly termite alates) and nectar.

During the summer the males change into their beautiful black, white and yellow plumage. Females, and non-breeding males, are brown and rather nondescript in appearance.

Male White-winged Widowbirds typically breed with 3 to 4 females during the summer. The male builds an oval nest in thick grass or low down in a shrub or tree. The female lays between 2 and 4 eggs and is responsible to incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.

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