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Alternative name: Orange-breasted Waxbill

Amandava subflava
Photo by rudydbn
Eston, KZN, South Africa, February 2006



  • Reddish iris
  • Orange breast
  • Red bill
  • Dark olive-green plumage


  • Red rump
  • Dark bars on whitish flank
  • Scarlet eyebrow stripe

Female: duller and smaller than male and lacks the red eyebrow


Sub Saharan Africa and Middle East
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen


Some authorities place this species in the genus Sporaeginthus.


There are two recognized subspecies.1

  • A. s. subflava:
  • A. s. clarkei:


Grassland and savannas.



The diet includes seeds, insects and shoots.


The clutch of 4-6 eggs is laid in an oval-shaped nest made from grass.


  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/

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