The Blue-capped Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus cyanocephalus) is native to Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania in East Africa. This small finch does fairly well in captivity given adequate conditions, however, breeding this finch is said to be quite difficult.
The Blue-capped Cordon-bleu inhabits subtropical or tropical (lowland) dry grassland, shrubland and desert. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 390,000 km².
Blue-capped males (pictured at right) have blue on the tops of their heads and tend to be more vivid in color. On female Blue-Caps the light brown coloration on the wings extends to the nape of the neck and over the top the head.
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