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Waxbill: Cinderella

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:16 pm

Cinderella Waxbill Estrilda thomensis
Habitat: We found them in Southern Africa along the Cunene valley in Northern Namibia. This is arid dry country with riverine woodland. We also found them next to the typical rocky watercourses as described in “Roberts Birds” as well as away from the river in tall Mopani woodland.

Upper parts are a lighter grey above than the dark grey of Grey Waxbill, and they also have the black lores extending behind the eye.
Upper and under tail coverts are blackish.
Rump is crimson, extending onto the base of the black tail.
Flanks to lower flanks crimson red, while Grey has no crimson on flanks.
Bill is pinkish with a dark tip, while Grey has a only dark bill.Image
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Re: Cinderella Waxbill

Unread postby o-dog » Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:50 pm

Hi Lizet thanx for the post...confirms when I searched endlessly for 2 days along the Cunene West of Ruacana that I was doing the right thing. No luck though!
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Re: Cinderella Waxbill

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:06 pm

Yeah I dipped there as well. I love it there and will return one day for the CW!
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Re: Waxbill: Cinderella

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:50 pm

Now this is a bird I need to rob a bank to see :twisted:
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Re: Waxbill: Cinderella

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:54 am

I must confess it is a very difficult bird to see if you like to look for them on your own!
When we first went to the Cunene to look for them in 1998 we spent 3 days searching and only saw one pair. In 2006 we went back to photograph them and spend 4 days and many hours (sitting quietly on one spot) to get decent photos. They are not abundant and very shy....

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Re: Waxbill: Cinderella

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:00 pm

and well worth the wait :D
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Re: Waxbill: Cinderella

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:11 pm

Yeah Lizet, missed out on the CW but got the palmthrush :dance:
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Re: Waxbill: Cinderella

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:13 pm

Always a good reason to go back.. :clap:


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