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Waxbill: Common

Unread postby francoisd » Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:06 am

Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild)


The Common Waxbill is an beautiful little bird. This small bird is typically found in flocks which sometime may be quite large. The tail is also longer than many other waxbills and finches. It is identified by the red bill and eye-stripe and pinkish patch on the belly (the juvenile has a black bill). The Common Waxbill feeds on grass seeds, fruit flies, and small worms. Also known as the St. Helena Waxbill. St. Helena is a small island in the southern Atlantic ocean.

Gray-brown upperparts, lower breast, and belly. Fine barring on back, wings, sides, lower breast, belly, and tail. White cheeks, throat, and upper breast. Rosy-pink patch on belly. Bright red mask surrounds eye. Reddish-orange bill. Black undertail coverts. Black legs and feet. Sexes similar. Immature bird is similar to adult, but is duller, has brown undertail coverts, and sometimes lacks red eye mask. 4 inches in length.

Open grassland, farmland, cultivated fields, marshes, and grassy clearings in forests. Native to tropical and southern Africa.

4-5 white eggs. The eggs have a 13 day incubation period. Fledging occurs in 20 days. The nest is a small globe of woven grass. It is built in a stand of grass or a short, dense shrub.

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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:52 pm


Other Names:
Afrikaans: Rooibeksysie
Dutch: sint-helenafazantje
French: Astrild ondulé
German: Wellenastrild
Portuguese: Bico-de-lacre-comum

Scientific Classification:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Estrilda
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:42 am

Went to Kruger 2 years ago in April and saw many large groups of CWs. They all congregated in in tree or bush and as we approached, they flew off in a 'cloud'.

I have never been in April before, and not seen this phenomenon before or since.

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Unread postby paulbright » Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:42 am

here we go
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Re: Waxbill: Common

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:07 pm

Did you know that the Common Waxbill, which used to be found only in sub-Saharan Africa, now thrives in many corners of the world. They are very popular as cage birds because they are so easy to keep (of course, also because they are very pretty birds :lol: ). Obviously some will always escape or be allowed to go free by keepers not coping with the increase in their caged population, and so these birds established themselves as residents of the globe.

These I saw living free in the botanical gardens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Re: Waxbill: Common

Unread postby Scottm » Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:37 pm

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Re: Waxbill: Common

Unread postby granjan » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:58 pm

These little birds may be common but they're the very devil to get a good pic of! This was one of quite a big flock on the grass at Lower Sabie last month.

ImageIMG_3225 by jansp, on Flickr

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Re: Waxbill: Common

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sun May 03, 2015 8:09 pm

Beautiful shots of this small colorful bird!!

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