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Common Waxbill

Estrilda astrild


This beautiful birds appeared today in my backyard. These birds are often noticed for their distinctive call. When the watcher looks for the source of sound, often sees a number of "dots" to pass at high speed. They are always in flock. In Portugal, the flock is often a mix of Waxbills, European Greenfinches and european golfinches. This tiny bird, originally from Africa, was one of the first non-native bird species to establish a wild population in Portugal. This bird is easily identifiable as it has a intense red beak and, sometimes, a red chest. Its length varies between 11 cm and 13 cm; its wingspan varies from 12 cm to 14 cm.

Notes: caught on tape

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alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Very nice Bird and I like the information!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

very lovely bird,

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Setúbal, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Jul 13, 2012

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