Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Uraeginthus bengalus




Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:


Number of Eggs:

3 - 6

Incubation Days:

11 - 14

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

In a dense shrub about 8 to 10 feet above the ground.

Nest Material:

Woven grass and stems.





Red-cheeked Cordonbleu: Native to Africa. Upperparts are light brown, underparts are buff; crown is gray-brown to medium-brown; face is blue with large red cheeks; narrow white eye ring. Flanks, breast and tail are blue; tail is long and pointed. Bill is reddish. Iris is dark brown. Legs are gray-pink. Females are dull; lack cheek patch. Juveniles resemble females; have a paler blue breast. Males have a trace of blue on the flanks; females do not. They have black bills and lack red cheeks. Blue is restricted to the face and throat.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu: Three to six white eggs are laid in a dome-shaped grass nest in a dense shrub 3 to 8 feet above the ground. Incubation is carried out by both parents for 11 to 14 days. Chicks fledge 14 to 20 days after hatching.

Foraging and Feeding

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu: This bird is a granivore, feeding principally on grass seeds but also on millet and other small seeds. It is also known to feed sporadically on beeswax. It travels in small flocks, and forages mostly on the ground for a variety of seeds and insects, including termites and other tiny insects.


Red-cheeked Cordonbleu: It has a piping "tsee-tsee-tsee" call. Song is a high pitched jumble of buzzing and ssqeaky notes, "te tchee-wa-tcheee" or "ssee-deedelee-deedelee-ssee-see."

Similar Species

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu: Not likely to be confused with any other species.


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

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