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Common Waxbill

Estrilda astrid

Description:

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.

Habitat:

A number of these little guys were flitting around in the tall grass between a field and wooded area in the park.

Notes:

Common Waxbill: Breeds in open, grassy areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Several populations have also become established in other parts of the world including Hawaii. First reported on the island of Oahu in the late 1970s, it has spread to other islands. Most populations are resident although some make local movements in search of seeding grasses.

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3 Comments

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Beautiful

joanbstanley
joanbstanley 6 years ago

Actually, that was the way I posted it. The Project Noah program keeps shuffling my photos when I post from my Ipad I don't seem to be able to correct it from there, but have to use our computer which I have been unable to use today.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Beautiful bird - you might consider putting the second photo first as it shows off its plumage somewhat more?

joanbstanley
Spotted by
joanbstanley

Spotted on Oct 14, 2014
Submitted on Nov 15, 2014

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