The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Blue Waxbill

Afrikaans name: Gewone Blousysie

Blue Waxbill

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.

References and further reading

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: 149

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 201

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 357

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

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

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 752

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

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 753

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 594

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 582

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: 452

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 114

More Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 26

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 413

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

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 146

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 81

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 72

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 265

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 119

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

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 284

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

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

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 315

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