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Green-winged Pytilia

Afrikaans name: Gewone Melba

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.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 30

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 81

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 216

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 744

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 742

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 434

List of South African Birds

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