Birda Logo
Features
Birda+
About
Species Guide
Challenges
Shop
loading...
A photo of a Village Indigobird (Vidua chalybeata), male
Village Indigobird, Male

Village Indigobird

Vidua chalybeata

The Village Indigobird, Vidua chalybeata, also known as the Steelblue Widowfinch or Combassou Finch in U.S. aviculture, is a diminutive songbird of the family Viduidae. It is characterized by its bill and leg colors, the hue of the male's breeding plumage, its distinctive song, and the nestling's plumage and mouth pattern.

Identification Tips

Males can be identified by their greenish-black or bluish-black plumage, contrasted with orange-red legs and a conical white bill. Females and immatures resemble a female house sparrow with streaked brown upperparts and buff underparts, but with red legs and a yellowish bill for the female. The presence of a whitish supercilium is noted in females.

Habitat

This species thrives in a variety of open habitats, including open woodland, scrub, and cultivation. True to its name, it is often observed in proximity to human settlements.

Distribution

The Village Indigobird is a resident breeder across much of Africa, south of the Sahara Desert.

Behaviour

Males are territorial and engage in an elaborate courtship flight display. Their song, performed from a high perch, is a mix of rapid sputtering and churring with mimicry of the Red-billed Firefinch's song, including the distinctive "chick-pea-pea-pea."

Song & Calls

The Village Indigobird's song is a unique combination of its own rapid notes and the mimicked song of the Red-billed Firefinch.

Breeding

This species is a brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of Red-billed Firefinches without harming the host's eggs. The indigobird's eggs are white, slightly larger than those of the host, and the nestling indigobirds mimic the gape pattern of the host's fledglings.

Similar Species

While many indigobirds appear similar, especially the males, the Village Indigobird can be distinguished by its association with the Red-billed Firefinch and its tendency to be near human habitation.

Diet and Feeding

The diet consists primarily of seeds and grains.

Conservation status

The Village Indigobird is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Races

There are six recognized races of the Village Indigobird, each with slight variations in plumage and bill color. These include the nominate race V. c. chalybeata with green to blue-toned males and white bills, and the V. c. amauropteryx with red-billed, blue-hued males, among others.

Village Indigobird Sounds

β€Œ
Recorded by: © 
App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Village Indigobirds on Birda

Photos
Sightings

More Indigobirds, Whydahs

Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
Jane N
A great app
Enjoying it immensely and finding it useful too. Recording the different birds and counting them is showing me how the present climate is affecting them all. I've trebled the numbers by planting native hedging. A great app.
SW H
Wonderful App
Birda is my go to app for keeping records of my bird sightings and sessions. It has fantastic information which is great at aiding identification. With all the updates that are coming in the new year, this app is something special.
David C
Very knowledgeable group
Nice friendly birding community. Very knowledgeable group with a willingness to help.
Pdydhdrexgi
Fantastic App
This is a really lovely app, for everyone interested in birds - from newbies to old hands. There is a very friendly feel to the community and you will genuinely learn a lot as you record your sightings and photos. There are lots of badges and competitions to keep you engaged, and a host of really useful features.
Madstherangers
A mordern game changer
Birda is an awesome app, its updated the world of birding to the modern day with a fun and easy to use app. It’s engaging and allows positive interaction with fellow bird lovers!
Carrie
Makes you want to spot birds more
I think this app is fun. It makes you want to spot birds more so I guess in a way it encourages you to get out and about instead of sitting in front of the TV.
Tralisalandhoop
Fantastic app - Love it!
Love this app and have used it almost daily. Lots of species information and easy to use. Love seeing birds spotted by other users in the UK and worldwide.
Chudbond
Love Birda
I love this app. It really encourages you to log your sightings and the community is friendly and helpful.
Erna M
I really like Birda
I really like Birda. I also use other birding apps and have Birda with E-bird going at the same time.
Anonymous
The best bird logging app
Birda is honestly the best bird logging app I have seen. I love all the features it has from being able to do a session and log all the birds you see in one sitting, to being able to connect with other birders from all over the globe!
As featured in
Birda Logo
AboutPressAmbassadorsAffiliatesInfluencersCareersPrivacyTerms & Conditions
An app for birdwatchers
Connect with us
Copyright Β© 2024 Chirp Birding. All rights reserved.