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Common Waxbill

Afrikaans name: Rooibeksysie

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Common Waxbill

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The name of Common Waxbill is merited as this is a common species that is found over most of Africa. It is also popular as a cage bird.

The Common Waxbill is normally encountered in flocks in grassland or wetlands. The main part of their diet is grass seeds but they will take some small insects as well.

Their nest is made in dense vegetation. It is normally position low down. The female can lay up to 7 eggs.

The male Common Waxbill has brighter colours than the female.

In some regions the Common Waxbill is known as the St. Helena Waxbill.

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