There are three species of Twinspot, of which two can be found on our reserve. The Green Twinspot and the Pink-throated Twinspot.
Although the Twinspots are of similar size to the Waxbills, they differ by building oval nests with dark skeletonised leaves, rootlets and moss and not round ball-like nests with grass. The Pink throated Twinspot is also an endemic resident to the Southern Africa region, occurring only from Southern Mozambique through Eastern Eswatini, down to the Northern Kwazulu-Natal coastline. Interestingly, the generic name for this pretty bird, “Hypargos” means “processing 100 eyes below” referring to the 100-eyed giant in Greek mythology. And “Margaritatus” meaning “adorned with pearls”.
The Pink throated Twinspot is easily identified by its pink face, throat, breast and rump. It has a brown crown and back. Other than the Green Twinspot it favours dry tropical and sub-tropical thickets, dense woodland and forest edges.
Females have a more greyish tone to their head and throat.
The Green Twinspot is a small and shy forest specie found in the eastern parts of Southern Africa where it spends its time in moist forests, as well as woodland and coastal scrub in winter. Its insect-like call, green upperparts and, in the case of the male, its red face, separate it from the Pink throated Twinspot.