OrangeCheekedWaxbill

August 4, 2016 – Orange-cheeked Waxbill (Estrilda melpoda)

These finches are found in central and western Africa. They eat mostly grass seeds, foraged from the ground, or gathered while hanging from stems. During the breeding season, they also feed on small insects, such as aphids, gnats, and termites. They nest on or near the ground, building the nests from long grasses, lining them with feathers, and hiding them with grass stems and old seed heads. Males incubate the eggs during the day and females incubate at night. Both parents feed the chicks.

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