Jos Plateau indigobird

The Jos Plateau indigobird (Vidua maryae) is a species of bird in the family Viduidae. It is endemic to Nigeria. It lays its eggs in the nest of the rock firefinch which is also restricted to Nigeria. Because of their inability to incubate their eggs, they lay their eggs in the nest of the rock firefinch and then take away the exact number of laid eggs from the host bird in order to avoid suspicion from the host bird . After hatching they exhibit dominance against the hatchlings of the rock firefinchers. Their breeding seasons are all round the year but more pronounced during the cold Harmattan period between July and December.

Jos Plateau indigobird
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Viduidae
Genus: Vidua
V. maryae
Binomial name
Vidua maryae
Payne, 1982
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Location of the Jos Plateau

Its natural habitats are dry woodland and shrubland in rocky areas. It is threatened by habitat loss.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Vidua maryae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  • Sinclair, Ian & Peter Ryan (2003). Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Cape Town: Struik.