Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild)

The Common Waxbill is a tiny bird, 4" (10cm), brown with narrow dark grey bars on top, rump and tail. The sides of its face, chin and throat are white, with a scarlet-red streak through its brown eye. A bright red bill. The chin and throat have a pinkish hue to them. The breast and sides are white with a dusty barring to them. It has a red belly. The female is paler than the male and has not got a red belly. Belongs to the Finch family of birds.

Common Waxbills are gregarious little birds, mostly seen in large flocks in grassy or shrubby places, near the ground.

Common Waxbills eat seeds. Almost exclusively grass seeds.

The Common Waxbill is a common resident of west, central and coastal areas of Kenya. Some sources denote sub-species in the three areas (Estrilda astrild peasei in west, Estrilda astrild massaica in central and Estrilda astrild minor at coast and up to Mara region).

Extra Common Waxbill Facts
Distinguished from similar Crimson-rumped Waxbill by its brown rump and red bill.
Parasitised by the Pin-tailed Whydah (the Whydah lays its eggs in the Waxbill's nest).

Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.

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Common Waxbill ~ Perched

Common Waxbill, perched on a dead twig in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.

Common Waxbill ~ Eating

Common Waxbill, perched on a very slender twig, eating grass seed from an adjacent wand of grass.