Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Madagascar
Omnivore. Grass and herb seeds, invertebrates such as snails and insects.
Habitat: Savannah, grasslands, agriculture lands
Incubation: 13-16 days / 1-3 eggs
Social structure: singly, pairs or groups of 100 -1000 birds.
Estimated population in the wild: common.
Lifespan: 9 under human care
Threats: Trapping for the pet trade.
IUCN Status: Least concern
Did you know that:
- The nest consists of a small platform of meshed twigs lined with grass, usually situated in a low bush.
- Incubation is done by both parents.