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Lavender Waxbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by keith mitchell
Location: The Gambia, 2009
Estrilda caerulescens


3.5 inches (10 cm). Dark crimson to black beak, black eye marking, grey body with some small, white spots on the flanks, black-brown legs and feet, rump, tail coverts, and tail are crimson.


Western Africa: Senegal to Cameroon.

Introduced to Hawaii.


Estrilda caerulescens is monotypic.


Savanna and semi-arid grassland.



A soft tik tik tik and a louder tsreeeu.


  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. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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