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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Estrildidae
Genus:Estrilda
Genus species:Estrilda erythronotos

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:120-130 cm
Identification:The male black-cheeked waxbill has a gray head, back, breast, and throat. They have a black barring and a faint pink coloration. The belly, flanks, and rump are a dull scarlet. Its cheeks, throat, tail, flight feathers, and legs are black. The male also has red eyes and a blue-black bill. The female, like most species, has duller colors and paler flanks. The eyes are brown in color.
Habitat:Low and dry thorn scrub
Diet:Omnivore: small grass seeds, insects, green vegetation, nectar, fruit
Reproduction:Waxbills build their nests in dense thorn trees. The female lays 3-6 eggs and then helps the male incubate them for 12 days. The chicks fledge 22 days after hatching.
During the non-breeding season, waxbills gather in flocks of 8-15 birds.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa
Eastern Africa
Date:1981-08 Subjects:Black-cheeked waxbill
perching birds
Estrilda
Waxbills
Estrildidae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata