Meaning of indigobird in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪndɪɡəʊˌbəːd/


(also indigo finch)
  • An African weaver related to the whydahs, the male having black plumage with blue or purple iridescence.

    Genus Vidua, family Ploceidae: four species

    ‘The intermediate male breeding plumage - between that of an indigobird and a paradise whydah therefore indicates that the father was a paradise whydah.’
    • ‘In contrast to cuckoos, both male and female indigobirds imprint on their hosts.’
    • ‘None of the indigobirds associated with red-billed firefinch were closely related to individuals associated with brown firefinch, or vice versa.’
    • ‘It examined 200 indigobirds from 10 African species, plus their host species.’
    • ‘Her daughter, genetically an indigobird, imprinted on her Melba Finch foster parents and then mated with a male paradise whydah mimicking Melba Finch song.’