Black-rumped Waxbill

Estrilda troglodytes

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

BRWX

Code 6

ESTTRO

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black-rumped Waxbill is a small Estrildid finch that occurs in grassland and scrubby habitats in much of the Sahel bioregion of Africa. It has been introduced to the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Hawaii but has not established a large breeding population. Although this species is very rare in Hawaii, it is common in much of its natural African range and has been given a conservation status of Least Concern by the IUCN.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Black-rumped Waxbill: This small songbird has tan-gray upperparts, a black rump and tail with white outer feathers, pink-buff underparts, a white throat and a long narrow red mask. It has a red conical bill and brown legs and feet. The female can have a paler underside than the male, and only the male sings. It feeds on insects, including green aphids and fruit flies. Undulating flight.


Range and Habitat North America


Range and Habitat Hawaii

Black-rumped Waxbill: Introduced, resident species found in grasslands and other open habitats on the island of Hawaii. Black-rumped Waxbills are native to Africa, occurring from Senegal and Ethiopia to northern Zaire and Uganda. They have also been successfully introduced to Portugal and Puerto Rico.


Range and Habitat Palau

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.
  • It is also called the Gray Waxbill, Red-eared Waxbill, Yellow-browed Waxbill, and Pink-cheeked Waxbill.
  • The Black-rumped Waxbill was first described in 1823 by German zoologist Martin Lichtenstein.
  • The name waxbill comes from the red color of the bill, which is reminiscent of the color of sealing wax.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION



SONGS AND CALLS

Xeno-Canto Sound

Black-rumped Waxbill F1

  • Title: Black-rumped Waxbill F1
  • Recordist: Bram Piot
  • Description: Calls from a small flock.
  • Location: bf
  • Date: "November 19, 2014"

Voice Text

"Soyiiii"

Vocalization

Black-rumped Waxbill: A short warbling song of nasal squeaking sounds that has a loud note followed by a descending note, "tche-tcheeer!" or "chee-eeer!" Calls include a harsh "chuur", "chew-tch-tch", a nasal "jeeeu", and a rising "chihooee."

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X