These birds live in savannah, cultivated landscapes and urban areas in flocks of hundreds. They feed on seeds, nectar and insects. The males build very intricate oval nests with a tunnel-like entrance by weaving together grasses. In the nest-building season males are fed by the females. In the breeding season the males
turn a red colour, while the females remain a plain brown colour. They lay 2–4 eggs with brooding lasting 11–14 days.
Status according to Red List:Least concern (LC)