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Orange-Cheeked Waxbill

Orange-Cheeked 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, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-15 9:15
Viewed: 4240
Points: 6
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Orange-Cheeked Waxbill
(Estrilda melpoda)
Size: 10 cm

Red beak, orange "cheeks" which extend over the eyes, dark blue-grey on top of head, light grey under chin, light brown-grey chest, cream lower belly, dark brown back and wings, crimson tail coverts, black tail, yellow streak across the vent area (creamy yellow in hens, deep yellow-orange in cocks). Juveniles look like the adults but with subdued markings.


Dry savanna and subtropical/tropical (lowland) wet shrubland habitats. Timid, nervous, energetic, may be a little aggressive while breeding. The song is a light jingling of notes and may vary among individuals.

Very rare escapee in Singapore.

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Ang, beautiful shot of this bird. Great detail and bokeh. Very nice job of capturing it. Have a great weekend, Bill

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-07-15 22:58]

perfect bird photography. wonderful species. nice background. great contrast. thanks for sharing.

Hi Ang,
Excellent shot of this bird.Great point of view.
Fabulous colour combination.
Excellent background colour and good details...


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