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Barring Gray-Brown Back, Pinkish-beige Belly With Bright Red Patch, And Vivid Red Eye Mask, This Waxbill Is Truly A Gemstone Of Nature

The bird kingdom is a fascinating place! There are several species whose beauty transcends the language employed to express it. They have unique plumage and are brea

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The bird kingdom is a fascinating place! There are several species whose beauty transcends the language employed to express it. They have unique plumage and are breathtakingly gorgeous. Some people believe that these birds are exclusive to Disney animated films. They do, in fact, exist in nature. When they appear, they have the power to enthrall even casual observers, amateur photographers, and lifelong bird watchers.

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The common waxbill (also the St Helena waxbill) is among these captivating birds. This species stands out in nature due to its vibrant red bill and eye mask.

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The wings and back are furthermore gray with dramatic gray-brown barrings. While the flanks are banded dark grey, the chest and belly are pinkish-beige. The striking feature of the lower parts is an elongated, highly visible, bright red patch at the middle of the belly. Such a cute, colorful bird!

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Barring Gray-Brown Back, Pinkish-beige Belly With Bright Red Patch, And Vivid Red Eye Mask, This Waxbill Is Truly A Gemstone Of Nature 13

The common waxbill is a small passerine bird of the estrildid finch family. Although they originated in sub-Saharan Africa, they are now widespread around the world.

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Regarding the habitats, these birds prefer living in dry and well-grassed areas with shriveled shrubs. However, they also inhabit open meadows, cities, woodland margins, and clearings.
This species mostly forages on ground-found seeds for food. But if flying termites are present nearby, they will also seek for them.

Barring Gray-Brown Back, Pinkish-beige Belly With Bright Red Patch, And Vivid Red Eye Mask, This Waxbill Is Truly A Gemstone Of Nature 15

They construct their nests out of a woven, spherical ball of grasses during the breeding season. This nest is either on the ground or quite close to it and is concealed by grassy foliage. Interestingly, it has a tunnel-like entrance built right into it and a roost for the male built right on top of the nest.

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Barring Gray-Brown Back, Pinkish-beige Belly With Bright Red Patch, And Vivid Red Eye Mask, This Waxbill Is Truly A Gemstone Of Nature 17

H/T: One Big Birdcage

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