Estrilda troglodytes (Lichtenstein, 1823)

Black-rumped waxbill

Description 1

Red beak, red face, grey plumage with brownish pink tone on the head, wings and body. Black tail with white edges and a pink spot close to the cloaca that can extend to the breast. Crossbreeds may feature plumage in other colours.

Biology 1

Irregular reproduction in Spain. Takes advantage of periods of hot weather for reproduction seasons. Lays 3-6 eggs that incubate in roughly 12 days. The young are independent from 21 days on. Diet based on small seeds of herbaceous plants and sometimes invertebrates (ant pupae, aphids, fruit flies, etc.).

Habitat 1

In Spain it behaves much like other species of Estrilda using areas of marsh vegetation as the main settlement, but its adaptable nature allows it to later occupy other habitats, such as the Galician countryside, irrigated land, fruit crops and bush and tree environments rich in herbaceous plants.

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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