n African Zoology - Biometrics of dusky indigobirds in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in 2000 and 2001 - : short communication

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Dusky indigobirds (<I>Vidua funerea</I>) were studied at a feeding site in Pietermaritzburg in the summers of 2000 and 2001. Eighty-five individuals were trapped, ringed and detailed biometric data recorded during this period. Birds were counted monthly, and presence or absence of both males and females at the site is discussed. The only significant morphometric difference between the sexes is wing length, with some overlap. Descriptions of male breeding dress, based on observations of all birds captured, is also presented. This study also recorded the longest movement for the species, a distance of 87 km.

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