Common Waxbill

Estrilda astrid

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

COMW

Code 6

ESTAST

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Waxbill is a small species of finch that is common in open habitats of Sub-Saharan Africa. It has also been introduced to many other parts of the world, including Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. It forages for small seeds near and on the ground in grassy and open areas. The Common Waxbill has a very large global population and been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Common Waxbill: This small finch is mostly brown-gray with red on the belly and a line through the eye. The bill is red-orange, the legs and feet are black, and it has faint barring on the upperparts and flanks. The wings are short and the tail is medium in length. The female is similar, but lacks red on the belly and has a black bill. It feeds mainly on grass seeds. The flight is undulating.


Range and Habitat

Common Waxbill: Breeds in open, grassy areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Several populations have also become established in other parts of the world including Hawaii. First reported on the island of Oahu in the late 1970s, it has spread to other islands. Most populations are resident although some make local movements in search of seeding grasses.

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Common Waxbill SONGS AND CALLS

Common Waxbill F1

Song is two to three sharp notes, followed by a bubbling, "ti-cket please!" or "di-di-di-JEEE".

Common Waxbill F2

Calls of a feeding flock.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Chik-it zeer-it"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Frequently kept in captivity, escaped Common Waxbills have occurred in the Hawaiian Islands, California, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.
  • This species can form flocks that number in the 1000s.
  • This species is also known as the St Helena Waxbill.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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