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Alternative names: Blue Waxbill; Southern Cordonbleu
12â€“13 cm (4Â¾-13 in)
 Similar species
There are 2 
Three other subspecies: damarensis, cyanopleurus and natalensis are not recognised by all authorities
Dry woodland, savanna and gardens.
Feeds mainly on grass seeds taken from the ground or directly from the inflorescence. Also eats small fuit and insects.
Monogamous and territorial, but only defends immediate vicinity of nest. The nest is a ball of dry grass with a side entrance, usually placed within 4 m of the ground in a bush or tree. Two to seven eggs are laid; incubated for 11-12 days by both sexes. Occasionally parasitised by Shaft-tailed Whydah.
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