Magpie Mannikin Spermestes fringilloides
(aka Magpie Munia Lonchura fringilloides)
Magpie Mannikin, Kakum, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

Kakum, Ghana
May 2011

The Magpie Mannikin is distributed throughout much of Africa south of the Sahara in most of the same areas as Black-and-white Mannikin. It is found in thick grass and bushes in forest clearings and edges, along water courses, in rice fields and near bamboo whose seeds it likes to eat.

It is slightly larger than Black-and-white Mannikin S. bicolor with a heavier bill. The black throat is less extensive and there is a black patch on the side of the breast.
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