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Common Waxbill

Estrilda astrild


It is a small bird, 11 to 13 centimetres in length with a wingspan of 12 to 14 centimetres and a weight of 7 to 10 grams. It has a slender body with short rounded wings and a long graduated tail. The bright red bill of the adult is the colour of sealing wax giving the bird its name. The plumage is mostly grey-brown, finely barred with dark brown. There is a red stripe through the eye and the cheeks and throat are whitish. There is often a pinkish flush to the underparts and a reddish stripe along the centre of the belly depending on the subspecies. The rump is brown and the tail and vent are dark. Females are similar to the males but are paler with less red on the belly. Juveniles are duller with little or no red on the belly, fainter dark barring and a black bill.


Redds near lake area!


The Common Waxbill has a variety of twittering and buzzing calls and a distinctive high-pitched flight-call. The simple song is harsh and nasal and descends on the last note.

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Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Thx Ali!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago

OMG!!! Is So Cute!!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 9 years ago

spotting updated!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

Haha, I was thinking more along the lines of the lone ranger but I think your Indian warrior is a better fit!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 9 years ago

Yeah he looks like a small indian warrior with war paint!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

I love its red eye mask, nice spotting Jared.

Jared Hersch
Spotted by
Jared Hersch

Knysna Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on May 1, 2013
Submitted on May 4, 2013

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