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Green-backed Twinspot

DE: Grüner Tropfenastrild, NL: Groene druppelastrilde, FR: Sénégali vert,
ES: Pinzón Dos Puntos de Lomo Verde,  IT: Mandingo bimaculato,
PT: Pintadinha verde, DK: Grøn Dråbeastrild, SW: Grön droppastrild,  NO: Grønnastrild,
FI: Vihertäpläpeippo, PL:  Perlik, CZ: Vlockovník zelenohrbetý, HU: Dél-afrikai Köztársaság

Mandingoa nitidula

Mandingoa nitidula nitidula
Mandingoa n. chubbi
Mandingoa n. virginiae
Mandingoa n. schlegeli

Origin subspecies M. n. schlegeli: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, D. R. Congo (Zaïre),Angola, Uganda, Tanzania.

Length: 11 cm

On the pictures: subspecies Mandingoa nitidula schlegeli

Green Twinspot (male)

Green-backed Twinspot  M.n.schlegeli (male)

Green Twinspot (female)

Green-backed Twinspot  M.n.schlegeli (female)

Food: Small seeds, especially grass seeds, constitute the staple diet. Furthermore they consume some insects. During the breeding season in particular, insects are indispensable for the rearing of the young.
Very friendly birds to keep in an aviary. Breeding them is not so easy. I did’nt have any breeding results. Nesting was not a problem, but  again and again the male or the female was dieing. In my aviary the nest was building free on the groud, at a collega the nest was builded in a high hanging nestbox. He was succesful as you can see at the little pictures.

Nest on the ground

Green-backed Twinspot – Hanging nestbox

Schlegelastrilde op nest

Green-backed Twinspot – Nest on the ground

Jongen

Green-backed Twinspots – Young ones, 3 weeks old