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Abyssinian Waxbill
Photo by volker sthamer
Hawassa, Ethiopia
Estrilda paludicola

Includes Abyssinian Waxbill (Estrilda ochrogaster)


Length 11-12 cm
A plain waxbill with an orange bill.


Africa: Southern Gabon, southern Congo, Angola, DRC, Zambia, western Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, western Kenya, southern[Sudan]], South Sudan, Ethiopia.



Estrilda paludicola has six subspecies:1

  • E. p. ochrogaster
  • Western Ethiopia and eastern South Sudan
  • Considered a separate species (Abyssinian Waxbill) by Gill & Wright2 and Sibley & Monroe3
  • E. p. roseicrissa
  • E. p. marwitzi
  • E. p. paludicola
  • E. p. ruthae
  • E. p. benguellensis


Grassy savanna, highland grassland and heath, and rank vegetation, often near water.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and M Wright. 2008. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, USA. 2006. ISBN 9780691128276. Update (2008) downloaded from http://worldbirdnames.org/names.html.
  3. Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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