Alternative name: Black-cheeked Waxbill
- Estrilda erythronotos
Disambiguation: the name Black-faced Waxbill is sometimes also used for the species Estrilda nigriloris.
Small (11-12 cm) with black face and red rump, flanks and upper belly. Tail is black and wings are barred black and grey-buff.
East African race differs from very similar Red-rumped Waxbill by black chin, central belly and undertail.
- E. e. erythronotos
- E. e. delamerei
The diet includes grass seeds and insects.
The enclosed nests are built from grass stalks and seed heads, and are placed in trees. The clutch consists of 3-4 eggs.
The nests may be parasitised by Pin-tailed Whydah.
- Fry H, Keith S, Woodcook M & Willis I. 2004. Birds of Africa Vol VII: Sparrows to Buntings. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0713665319
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Black-faced Waxbill. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 4 March 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Black-faced_Waxbill