Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52306

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Estrildidae
Genus:Uraeginthus
Genus species:Uraeginthus bengalus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:13 cm
Identification:The male red-cheeked cordon bleu has a red spot on its cheeks, a short pink bill, and light brown or pink-brown legs. The female looks similar but is paler in color.
Habitat:Acacia savannas, thorn, scrub, dry bush
Diet:Omnivore: seeds, insects
Reproduction:After laying 4-5 eggs, the female incubates them for 12-14 days. The chicks fledge 20 days after hatching.
Outside of the breeding season, when they live in pairs, cordon-bleus are usually found in bands.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Central Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Red-cheeked cordon bleu
perching birds
Estrildidae
Sparrows
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata