Another Escapee - Common Waxbill
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Size: 12 cm
Greyish-brown body with dark brown bars, Red eyestripe, White cheeks and throat, Red stripe along centre of belly, Brown rump, Dark tail and Bright red bill. Female: similar, paler, less red on belly
Juvenile: little or no red on belly, fainter barring, black bill.
Long grass, scrub and reeds, often near water. The ball shaped nest is built in a cavity from grass; there is a downward-pointing entrance tube on one side. The 4-7 white eggs hatch after 11-13 days and are incubated and cared for by both adults until they fledge 17-21 days later. The diet includes grass seeds and some insects.
Most of sub-Saharan Africa. Very rare escapee in Singapore.
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Ang, this is a great shot of this bird. You did a great job capturing it. Have a great day, Bill