Scaly-feathered Finch – Sporopipes squamifrons
Like the Shaft-tailed Whydah, I saw the Scaly-feathered Finch for the first time at Okonjima Bush Camp in 2009. Since then I have seen these cute little buggers quite often here in Otjiwarongo. My husband and I still refer to them as the angry-little-birds due to the ‘angry’ look on their faces. And they always either seem to be in a hurry or have something to say.
In general, I find them very cute and pleasant to watch.
Roberts Bird Guide 2007, state that the male and female are similar in looks. (PMS can thus not be blamed for the angry look!) They are ‘locally common, near-endemic’ and ‘generally in groups of 6 – 20’ – probably due to size? (They tip the scales at 11 grams!) They quite like water, but can go without water should the need arises.
They enjoy ‘dry Acacia woodland, particularly small trees’ and don’t mind visiting town and farm gardens. (They love poking around our aviaries for seeds.) They mostly eat seeds, but are happy to rid your garden of termites.