Estrilda melpoda (Vieillot, 1817)

Orange-cheeked waxbill
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Description 1

Red beak, orange cheeks that extend to the eyes, dark blue- grey on the upper part of the head and light grey under the chin. Light brown-grey breast, lighter on the lower ventral area and dark brown back and wings. Crimson tail coverts and black tail. Juveniles look like the adults but with subdued markings and a black beak. Some crossbreeds may feature different general colouring.

Biology 1

Irregular reproduction in Spain. Orange-cheeked waxbills pair off to build their nest and have a variable reproduction period (although always taking advantage of hot periods). Lays 3-7 eggs that incubate in 12-14 days. Juveniles are independent after 4-5 weeks. Diet based on small herbaceous seeds and small invertebrates (ants, worms).

Habitat 1

Like the Estrilda astrild: areas of marsh vegetation, depths of humid ravines, wasteland, parks, gardens and tropical irrigated land.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species, Finch Information Center.

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Birds 1

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY),

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