DE: Veilchenastrild, NL: Purpergranaatastrilde, FR: Cordonbleu violacé, ES: Granadero Morado,
IT: Garantino purpureo, PT: Granadeiro purpura, DK: Violbuget Granatastrild,
SW: Violbukad granatastrild, NO: Purpurastrild, FI: Kobolttipeippo, PL: Motylik niebieskobrzuchy,
CZ: Motýlek modrobrichý, HU: Bíbormellű pillangópinty, TR: Mor mumgaga
(The older scientific name is Uraeginthus ianthinogaster)
Origin: Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Keyia, Tanzania
Length: 14 cm, (7 cm of this length is tail)
Food: Seeds of grasses and of various other plants, supplemented by termites and other insects. During the first few days in particular they feed their young with termites. They also occur near settlements and eat whatever is available.
They are no colony birds, definitely not. They live in pairs or alone. The juveniles hang together until they have their adult colours (after about 3 months), at which time they will disperse and start looking for a partner.