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Lavender Waxbill - BirdForum Opus

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

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, while rump, tail coverts, and tail are crimson.


Western Africa: Senegal to Cameroon.

Introduced to Hawaii.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Lavender Waxbill has in the past been placed in genus Estrilda


Savanna and semi-arid grassland.



A soft tik tik tik and a louder tsreeeu.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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