One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An African weaver related to the whydahs, the male having black plumage with blue or purple iridescence.
Genus Vidua, family Ploceidae: four species
- ‘It examined 200 indigobirds from 10 African species, plus their host species.’
- ‘Her daughter, genetically an indigobird, imprinted on her Melba Finch foster parents and then mated with a male paradise whydah mimicking Melba Finch song.’
- ‘None of the indigobirds associated with red-billed firefinch were closely related to individuals associated with brown firefinch, or vice versa.’
- ‘The intermediate male breeding plumage - between that of an indigobird and a paradise whydah therefore indicates that the father was a paradise whydah.’
- ‘In contrast to cuckoos, both male and female indigobirds imprint on their hosts.’
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