A green-backed twin spot
A bird with emerald green feathers, a stomach perfectly flecked with polka dots, and a bright red eye patch.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the green-backed twinspot (Mandingoa nitidula) is a common bird.
A small, substantial bird with dark green feathers and black with white “twin spots.”
The male has a striking scarlet patch across his face and beak tip.
The only difference between the male and female is that the female has yellow instead of red markings on her face. The twin spot specks and face colour of adults are absent in juveniles.
The green-backed twin spot inhabits moist lowland forests in tropical regions.
Additionally, it can be found in ecosystems with grass and shrubs, arable land, and exotic tree plantations.
These birds mostly consume grass seeds, including those from forest wood grass, ribbon bristle grass, and basket grass.
They will also eat stinging nettles and little bugs like aphids.
These birds breed in monogamous pairs in South Africa from December to April and are capable of lifelong relationships.
The nest is made primarily of grass stems, skeletonized leaves, rootlets, hairs, and lichen, and is built by both sexes.
Feathers, fine grass, and other soft materials that are typically concealed in the forest canopy line the inside.
4-6 eggs are put there, and they are incubated for 12–14 days by both parents.
The young are still being fed by both parents until they fly after 17 days.