The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Waxbill

Afrikaans name: Rooibeksysie

Common Waxbill

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.

References and further reading

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 426

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 426

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 454

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 585

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 597

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 755

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 754

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 400

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 432

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 54

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 124

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 47

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 359

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 66

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 63

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 186

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 70

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 115

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 147

Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 45

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 141

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 320

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 189

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 220

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 38

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 74

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 82

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 118

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 266

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 220

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 318

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 31

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 31

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 285

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 224

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 115

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