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Violeteared Waxbill

Afrikaans name: Koningblousysie

Male Violeteared Waxbill

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Granatina granatina

The Violet-eared Waxbill is a beautiful little bird. It is found in the northern region of South Africa through to Angola and Zambia.

It is found in a variety of habitats where there is a mix of bushes and open spaces.

This is predominantly a seed-eating species but they do also eat some fruit and insects.

Male and female Violet-eared Waxbill pair for life.

They make their nest in either a tree or shrub and the female lays between two and seven eggs.

Violet-eared Waxbills are a popular bird for aviaries and this may have an effect on their population in the wild in the future.

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References

List of South African Birds

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