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Any of various seed-eating songbirds of the family Estrildidae and especially of the genus Estrilda, native to Africa and introduced elsewhere, and having a short, often brightly colored waxy beak.
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(Animals) any of various chiefly African finchlike weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda and related genera, having a brightly coloured bill and plumage
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any of various small, chiefly African finches of the family Estrildidae that have white, pink, or red bills of waxy appearance.
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Other species include Canary, Japanese Bantham, Button Quail, Waxbill, Wagtail, Californian Quail, BulBul, Silver Bill, Diamond Dove, Crested Society and Java sparrow among others.
The Blue Waxbill is usually seen in loose groups, or in pairs when breeding and, they are often in the company of other small seed-eaters.
Estrildidae Euodice cantans African silverbill Estrilda troglodytes Black rumped waxbill Amadina fasciatus Cut-throat Lagonosticta Senegal Red-billed firefinch Estrilda troglodytes Black-rumped waxbill Uraeginthus bengalus Red-cheeked cordon bleu Serinus leucopygius White rumped seedeater 16.
Body mass and moult cycles in adult Orange-checked Waxbill Estrilda melpoda in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
The common waxbill's habit of adorning its nests with fur plucked from carnivore scat turns out to discourage attacks from predators.
Mass BMR [+] Order and species (g) (mL [O.sub.2][cdotp] [g.sup.-1][cdotp][h.sup.-1]) Passerifomes Goldcrest, Regulus 5.5 6.0 regulus Verdin, Auriparus 6.4 4.3 flaviceps Black-rumped Waxbill, 6.1 3.7 Estrilda troglodytes Parula Warblet, Parula 7.0 3.1 americana Apodiformes Rivoli's Hummingbird, 6.6 2.8 Eugenes fulgens Coraciiformes Puerto Rican Tody, 6.3 [++] 3.2 [ss] Todus mexicanus Order and species Reference Passerifomes Goldcrest, Regulus Gavrilov and Dol'nik cited in regulus Pinowski and Kendeigh (1977) Verdin, Auriparus Buttemer et al.
Parasitism of the common waxbill, Estrilda astrild, by the pin-tailed widow-bird, Vidua macroura.