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Black-lored Waxbill - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Black-faced Waxbill

Estrilda nigriloris


Length 11-13 cm. Grey-brown head with a black line through the eye, pink throat, brown back, red bill, black legs.

Similar Species

Similar to the Common Waxbill, but with a black (not red) line through the eye.


A small area around the Lualaba River and Lake Upemba of south-eastern DRC.


There have been no published records of this species since 1950. Classified as Data Deficient by BirdLife International.2


This is a monotypic species[1].
Taxonomic status needs clarification; Dowsett & Forbes Watson (1993) include nigriloris as a subspecies of Common Waxbill E. astrild.


Grass, reedbeds and scrub.



The diet probably includes seeds and inverterbrates.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BirdLife International (2008) Species factsheet: Estrilda nigriloris. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=8657&m=0 on 29/10/2008

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