Seychelles Fody Foudia sechellarum

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An unusual drab, long-billed fody. Breeding males have yellow patches on the face. Females and non-breeding males are very drab and sparrow-like. An uncommon Seychelles endemic that is now restricted to a few islands. Found in woodland, scrub, and plantations, often in small groups. Females and non-breeding males similar to Red Fody, but Seychelles Fody is darker and has a longer, slimmer, slightly curved bill. Calls include high, silvery notes and lower-pitched “vet” notes. Both are sometimes given in a series. 

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