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Another Escapee - Common Waxbill

Another Escapee - Common Waxbill
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-14 4:13
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Common Waxbill
(Estrilda astrild)
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

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