Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Uraeginthus bengalus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

RCCO

Code 6

URABEN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-cheeked Cordonbleu has a large range that is estimated globally at 7,700,000 square kilometers. It is primarily found in Africa and the United States. This bird prefers Savanna and Grassland ecological systems that are dry in nature and can live on arable land or pastureland, or in rural gardens. The population of the bird has not been fully determined but the species is common in many of its native areas. The Red-cheeked Cordonbleu does not currently meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu: Native to Africa, this finch has light brown upperparts, buff underparts, blue face with large red cheeks and narrow white eye ring. It has blue flanks, breast and tail, red bill, and yellow-brown legs and feet. Females have duller plumage, less blue feathering, and lack red cheek patches. Feeds mostly on seeds. Undulating flight, alternates periods of flapping and gliding.

 

Range and Habitat

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu: This species is native to tropical, sub-Saharan Africa. It was first introduced to the island of Hawaii in the 1960s. In the 1970s, a small population was found on the island of Oahu. It still occurs as a resident on both islands. Its preferred habitats include dry grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub, and savannas.

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Red-cheeked Cordonbleu SONGS AND CALLS

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu AA1

Call and song

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu AA2

Song

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Te tchee-wa-tcheee", "ssee-deedelee-deedelee-ssee-see", "tsee-tsee-tsee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-cheeked Cordonbleu was first described in 1766 by Carolus Linnaeus.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Crystal Adams

Artist

Chris Vest

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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