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Blue Waxbill

Afrikaans name: Gewone Blousysie

Blue Waxbill

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Uraeginthus angolensis

The Blue Waxbill is a pretty and common little bird that is often seen on the ground or low down in bushes.

They are found in Southern and Central Africa. In South Africa they occur in the eastern and north-eastern regions of the country. They are Blue-breated Cordon-bleu is some places.

The male Blue Waxbill has far more blue on it than the female, particularly on the flanks and tummy.

Their main food is seed but they also eat termites and caterpillars.

Up to 7 eggs are laid in a nest made by both sexes.



List of South African Birds

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