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Black-faced Waxbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by safariranger
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia, December 2007

Alternative name: Black-cheeked Waxbill

Estrilda erythronotos

Disambiguation: the name Black-faced Waxbill is sometimes also used for the species Estrilda nigriloris.

Identification

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.

Similar Species

East African race differs from very similar Red-rumped Waxbill by black chin, central belly and undertail.

Distribution

Africa:
Western Africa: Angola
Eastern Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa

Taxonomy

Subspecies:1

  • E. e. erythronotos
  • E. e. delamerei

Habitat

Acacia thornveld.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes grass seeds and insects.

Breeding

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.

References

  1. Fry H, Keith S, Woodcook M & Willis I. 2004. Birds of Africa Vol VII: Sparrows to Buntings. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0713665319
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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