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Common waxbill

Estrilda astrild


African species, introduced in Iberian peninsula where it now breeds locally, mainly in Portugal. Small, grey-brown, finely vermiculated, with red eye-mask, a red path on belly-centre and black (or dark brown) vent. Bill red on aduly, brownish-black on juvenile.


Breeds in reeds, bulrushes, rushes, spireaea, etc. Season protracted (February-November).

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Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Jul 21, 2012

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