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Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:13 cm
Identification:The blue waxbill has a brown back and crown, distinctive blue rump, face, breast and tail.
Habitat:Woodlands, grasslands
Diet:Omnivore: seeds, insects
Reproduction:The bird can breed anytime during the year. Nests are built on the sides of a tree or bush and are made into a grass ball. Females lay 4-5 white eggs, incubation last 11-12 days, and both parents rear the young for approximately three weeks.
Groups of up to 50 birds often form.
Behavior:Blue waxbills are ground-feeding birds.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The blue waxbill is very tame and inquisitive and is usually the first bird to arrive when the alarm call of another bird is imitated.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1981-08 Subjects:Blue waxbill
perching birds
Blue-breasted cordon bleu
Waxbills
Estrildidae
Sparrows
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata