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Mannikin, Red-backed

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Mannikin, Red-backed

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:41 pm

The social but inconspicuous Red-backed mannikin, Spermestes bicolor, is locally common through eastern South Africa, generally preferring forests and dense thickets with seed-bearing grasses, often seen together with other seed-eaters, especially bronze mannikins.

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They like to clump together at communal roosts, especially in cold weather, much like mousebirds do to preserve heat and strengthen bonds with each other, maintaining small flocks, typically 10 to 12 birds. Sometimes a loosly constructed roosting nest is built by several individuals and used to this end. The nest may later be turned into a propper nest by a breeding pair.
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Re: Mannikin, Red-backed

Unread post by TrevorC » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:13 pm

Got this one in Magoebaskloof this past weekend

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Red-backed Mannikin by trevor.charters, on Flickr
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Re: Mannikin, Red-backed

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:13 pm

Very nice shot! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Mannikin, Red-backed

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:08 pm

Pigeon Valley

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Re: Mannikin, Red-backed

Unread post by hilda » Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:23 pm

Very nice! We only have the Bronze Mannikins in our garden, and they are so cute and small! :clap: :clap:


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