Black-rumped Waxbill

 SCIENTIFIC NAME: Estrilda troglodytes

Black-rumped Waxbill

The Black-rumped Waxbill is a common species of estrildid finch. It is a small, slender, pale-gray-to-sandy-brown finch with a vivid crimson mask, coral-red bill.

It is about 4 inches in length.

Males and females are similar, but males have a faint pink wash on the underparts that females lack. They have a black rump, unbarred back, white undertail, and square-tipped tail.

Immature birds are similar to the adults, but are plainer and have a small blackish mask. Bill is black, as in other immature waxbills.

Gives various nasal and rasping calls; song is two note "chee-churr!".

Inhabits dry grasslands, brush and scrubby woodlands.

Native to Africa and introduced to several Caribbean islands, Japan, Spain, and the Hawaiian islands (apparently now extirpated).


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