Common Waxbill - Estrilda astrild

Length 4.5 in (11.4 cm)
Weight 0.2-0.4 oz (6-11 g)
Clutch Size 4-6
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Continents:AF, Islands

The Common Waxbill is a small passerine bird belonging to the estrildid finch family. They are also known as the St. Helena Waxbill. Common Waxbills are a beautiful little bird that have been imported to Hawaii. Originally, native to sub-Saharan Africa they have been imported to other countries as pets. They eat grass seeds and sometimes insects (especially during breeding season). They usually feed by clinging to the stems of the grass and feeding off the flower heads.

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