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Common Waxbill

Estrilda astrild

Description:

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DIhZYUiT... caught on tape

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2 Comments

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Very nice Bird and I like the information!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

very lovely bird,

GonçaloFerreira
Spotted by
GonçaloFerreira

Setúbal, Portugal

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

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