Lavender Waxbill

Estrilda caerulescens

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

LAVW

Code 6

ESTCAE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Lavender Waxbill has a large global range, estimated at approximately 620,000 square kilometers. It is native to tropical West Africa and was introduced to the Hawaiian islands. It prefers Dry Savanna or Subtropical and Tropical Dry Shrubland habitats, though it can reside on pastureland or arable land. The population of the bird has not been determined fully but is described as frequent in many of its native areas. The Lavender Waxbill 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

Lavender Waxbill: Native to tropical West Africa. Body is gray overall, face has black eyestripe, flanks have a few small white spots. Rump, tail, and tail coverts are red. Bill is red to black, legs and feet are gray. Undulating flight, alternates flapping and gliding.


Range and Habitat

Lavender Waxbill: This species is native to tropical and subtropical shrublands of central Africa, and was first recorded in Hawaii on the Island of Oahu in 1965. Individuals have established colonies on the islands of Hawaii and Maui. These birds prefer dry scrub habitats, lawns, parks, and gardens.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"see-see-see-swree", "chip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lavender Waxbill was first described in 1817 by the French ornithologist Vieillot.
  • It is also known as the Lavender Firefinch and the Red-tailed Lavender Waxbill.
  • The name waxbill comes from the red color of the bill, which is reminiscent of the color of sealing wax.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Lavender Waxbill

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Crystal Adams

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Tail covertsX
The short tail feathers covering the base of the long tail feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X