Lonchura cucullata   Bronze Mannikin  Gewone Fret
Bronze Mannikin
Verloren, Bela Bela, Jan 2019

A breeding resident. Widespread and locally common across the higher-rainfall southern half of the Waterberg, scarce or absent in the north (69% in, 31% out; recorded in 38% of the Waterberg pentads); it favours well-wooded areas with rank grass; it is gregarious and mostly found in small flocks, in pairs while breeding. Breeds in summer; as in the case of the Blue Waxbill, its nest is often placed in a tree alongside an active wasp nest.
Bronze Mannikin Waterberg distribution
Bronze Mannikin
Modimolle, Aug 2014

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