Orange-cheeked Waxbill

Estrilda melpoda

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

OCHW

Code 6

ESTMEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Orange-cheeked Waxbill is a small Estrildid Finch that occurs over a large area of central and western Africa. It has also been introduced to Puerto Rico, Saipan and the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu. It forages for seeds and insects on and near the ground in grasslands, marshes and scrubby habitats. This species has a very large population and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern by the IUCN.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Orange-cheeked Waxbill: This Estrildid finch is mostly gray with an orange face patch, orange-red bill, brown back and wings, brick-red rump, and orange-yellow patch on the belly. It has pink-brown legs, medium length wings, and medium length rounded tail. It typically feeds on tiny grass seeds. Direct, undulating flight with rapid wing beats. The sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat North America


Range and Habitat Hawaii

Orange-cheeked Waxbill: This species is a naturalized resident in grassy areas on Maui and parts of Oahu, and it has also been introduced to Puerto Rico and Saipan. It is native throughout western and central Africa. Its preferred habitats include savannahs, grasslands, tall shrublands, and areas with dead, scraggly branches.


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.
  • Orange-cheeked Waxbills are commonly kept in captivity.
  • The name waxbill comes from the red color of the bill, which is reminiscent of the color of sealing wax.
  • The Orange-cheeked Waxbill is a very social species, adults frequently preen each other.

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

Orange-cheeked Waxbill F1

  • Title: Orange-cheeked Waxbill F1
  • Recordist: Bram Piot
  • Description: Series of squeaky call notes.
  • Location: cm
  • Date: "September 1, 2016"

Voice Text

"Chip, squeeka, chip chip!"

Vocalization

Orange-cheeked Waxbill: Rather nasal, weak and high pitched chipping and squeaky notes "zee", "chi-dee-chi". Song is a medley of variable short notes, "de-de-sweea, sweea, sweea" or "tsee-ree-ree, tsee-ree-ree".

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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