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Ibadan malimbe

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Malimbus
Higher classification  Malimbus
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Ploceidae
Scientific name  Malimbus ibadanensis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Rachel's malimbe, Red‑crowned malimbe, Cassin's malimbe, Malimbus, Bob‑tailed weaver

The Ibadan malimbe (Malimbus ibadanensis) is a rare species of bird in the Ploceidae family.

It is endemic to Nigeria, where it is known only from the southwestern part of the country, including the city of Ibadan (in Oyo) which it's named after. It was first discovered in 1951 and was common at one point. Forest clearing made it rare.

The bird is about 20 centimeters long. The male is black with a red head and breast. The female has smaller red areas.

The bird forages in pairs or small groups, sometimes alongside the red-headed malimbe (Malimbus rubricollis). It lives in forest and woodland habitat, including degraded areas.

References

Ibadan malimbe Wikipedia


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