June 5, 2016 – Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Crimson-cheeked Blue Waxbill, or Red-cheeked Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus bengalus)

These estrildid finches are found across much of central Africa and have been introduced to Hawaii. They eat grass seeds, termites, and moth larvae, foraging mostly on the ground. Males and females both perform courtship displays, singing, bobbing, and stepping quickly while perched near their partners. The steps are so fast that they are not visible to humans at actual speed and were only discovered when researchers took high-speed videos of the birds displaying.

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