The discovery of the different animal species of Mother Nature is fascinating. There are lots of animals with different shapes and sizes; terrestrial and otherwise. Some of these animals are peculiar to a particular place while others are not. There are so many birds in the world but Cape Gannet, Anambra Waxbill, Marbled Teal, Lappet-faced Vulture, Lesser Kestrel, White-throated Mountain-Babbler, Grey-necked Picathartes, Green-breasted Bush-Shrike, Ibadan Malimbe, Bannerman’s Weaver are found in Africa.
3 Endangered Birds in Nigeria
Anambra Waxbill (Estrilda poliopareia)
Anambra Waxbill is found in the Eastern part of Nigeria. It is a colourful bird measuring approximately 12cm long, with a dun-coloured finch and reddish brown bill and rump. The bird was discovered by Reichenow in 1902.
Ibadan Malimbe (Malimbus ibadanensis)
Ibadan Malimbe is found around the western part of Nigeria. This bird is known to inhabit forest patches, forest edges and secondary woodland. The females have red on their crown and nape with thin, red breast band and the rest of their body is black while the male has scarlet head, neck, throat, breast and belly; the rest of the feathers are black.
Plateau Indigobird (Vidua maryae)
Plateau Indigobird is a bird found only in the Northern part of Nigeria. Its natural habitats are dry woodland and shrubland in rocky areas. It is unable to incubate its eggs so it lays it in the nest of the ‘rock firefinch' bird. It is a small black bird of about 12cm with a pale bill. The flight feathers are brown and appear pale in contrast to the rest of the feathers. The bill, legs and toes appear white in the field. The Plateau Indigobird is known to mimic the trilling song and calls of the Rock Firefinch.