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RED-BILLED FIREFINCH

Binomial Name: Lagonosticta senegala
Common Names: Red-Billed Firefinch, Senegal Firefinch

The Red-billed Firefinch belongs to a group of small Passerine birds of the Family Estrildidae. They are characteristically gregarious (social animals, existing in communities) and often colonial seed eaters with short, thick, but pointed bills. They all build large, domed nests and lay five to ten white eggs. They are typically tropical birds.

The red-billed firefinch captured on a manicured lawn
A Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala)

Did you know:
– The nest of this species is parasitised by the village indigobird.
– Like most birds, color is the quickest identification for sex. Male fire finches are varying shades of red accented with black, gray or brown. Some species have tiny white- or ivory-colored spots on the breast or flanks. Female birds are mainly earthy brown in color and some have a pinkish wash to the face or breast

A Red-billed Firefinch captured pecking through the grass of a lawn
A pecking Red-billed Firefinch. Note white spots on flanks.

Word of the day: Dimorphic (meaning that males are easily distinguished from females)

The Village Weaver

A location in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many nests hanging from one tree. Nests are large and coarsely structured, made from woven grass and leaf strips, with a downward-facing entrance and hanging from tree branches. Inhabitant species form large noisy colonies.

Suspect: The Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus

A village weaver
A Village Weaver, also called Black-headed Weaver

Weaver

AGRICULTURAL IMPORTANCE

The Village Weaver feeds primarily on seeds and grains, making them agricultural crop pests. However, they make up for some of the damage by feeding alternatively or additionally on insects, which may be agricultural crop insect pests.

They don’t just shoplift. At least they pay for half of their shopping 😀

Butterfly Effect

I’ve been trying for a longtime now to capture a butterfly photo. Now there’s a particular butterfly I spot at home that never lands on anything. At least not when I’m around. It just keeps hovering around until it flies away completely. Maybe it’s not as much a trait of it’s species as it is just that individual butterfly trying to make it hard for me. And here I am trying to get my first butterfly photo. Well, I finally got an image from it, along with a story to tell. So I made sure the photo’s a striking one. Who knows when next I’m graced with another 🙂

Butterfly

P.S. Photo Posted after days of persuasion from my younger sister Araba. She also had to work hard to get me to post it. Lol. It’s the Butterfly Effect.

Name inspired by the occurrences, but influenced by a friend simply known by friends and fans as Butterflae Effect.

Mixed Signals

Interesting occurrence today. I noticed the skies giving mixed signals towards afternoon. On one side, which I labelled west using my “the sun rises in the east and sets in the west” knowledge, the sky was it’s typical blue with white clouds.

Cloudy blue skies on the west side
Cloudy blue skies on the west side

On the other side, labelled east using you know what knowledge, the sky was fiery with dark clouds.

Dark clouds on the east side
Dark clouds on the east side

Maybe I’m not supposed to be surprised at this, but I’ve never paid attention till today. And oh, I’ve never really been able to accurately repeat what my primary school teacher said about where the sun rises and sets. Did I pass this time?