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Green-winged Pytilia

Afrikaans name: Gewone Melba

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Green-winged Pytilia

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Green-winged Pytilia

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Pytilia melba

The Green-winged Pytilia, also known as the Melba Finch, is a common bird in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa it is found in suitable habitat in the northern half of the country.

Males show more colour than females. They have a red face and and have more green on them.

Green-winged Pytilias mainly feed on the seeds of various grasses. They may also feed on termites.

They are popular cage birds.

The pair make an untidy looking nest in a tree or shrub. The female normally lays between 2 and 5 eggs. Both parents feed the chicks.

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