PURPLE INDIGOBIRD

Vidua purpurascens

A: Witpoortblouvinkie

 

A fairly common resident – but decidedly difficult to tell apart from other non-breeding species during the winter months. In breeding dress, male has a white bill, and pale legs (these can vary between a white to a dull orange depending on the sun, angle at which you see the bird, and the light you see the bird in). One sure way to ID indigobirds is by their call – these guys parasitise Jameson’s Firefinch, and so throw in part of that species call into their own.