The Village Indigobird, Vidua chalybeata, is a small songbird belonging to the family Viduidae, growing to about 11 centimetres in length. The male is a greenish-bluish-black except for orange legs and a short, white bill. The female, on the other hand, looks a bit like a House Sparrow, totally different.
The Village Indigobird eats seeds and grain. Quite jerky, staccato movements when feeding.
The Village Indigobird does not build a nest, it lays 2-4 eggs in the nest of the Red-billed Firefinches. However, unlike those other well-known brood parasites, Cuckoos, they don’t destroy the eggs of the host bird but just adds to them. The chicks quite cleverly mimic the host fledglings.
Species: V. chalybeata