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Whydahs and Indigobirds (Viduidae)

Purple Indigobird (Vidua purpurascens) - HBW 15, p. 231

French: Combassou violacé German: Purpurwitwe Spanish: Viuda Purpúrea
Other common names: Purple Widowfinch, Dusky Indigobird(!), Jameson's Firefinch Indigobird

Taxonomy: Hypochera purpurascens Reichenow, 1883, Useguha, east Tanzania.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with V. funerea. Formerly considered a race of V. chalybeata, and sometimes treated as conspecific with V. funerea; interbreeds with former in NE Tanzania and with latter in SE DRCongo. Monotypic.

Distribution: Kenya, N & E Tanzania, SE DRCongo, SW Angola, S & E Zambia, Malawi, W Mozambique, NE Botswana, Zimbabwe, and N South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga lowveld).

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