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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.


(Animals) any of various chiefly African finchlike weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda and related genera, having a brightly coloured bill and plumage



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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The finches studied here have variously been called waxbills, grass finches, manikins, munias, etc.
Data is collected on birds including babblers, thrushes, warblers, sunbirds, doves, flycatchers, waxbills and broadbills.
The waxbills then bring home lumps of excreted fur to tuck into the walls of their nests.
Daily energy expenditure and water flux in Black-rumped Waxbills, Estrilda troglodytes.