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  Cinderella Waxbill

 

 

Estrilda thomensis

(849) 11 cm; 7.5 g

SEXES  Alike. Occupies much drier habitats than its eastern counterpart, Grey Waxbill; is paler with red outer tail feathers and red base to bill.

JUV  Duller than ad and with pink bill.

STATUS  Uncommon resident in n Namibia, sedentary and usually in pairs or small groups.

HABITAT  Mainly riverine woodland along Cunene River system, also in arid Mopane woodland. Dependent

on water.

FOOD  Seeds and insects; drinks water regularly.

CALL  Far-carrying hu-weee or hu-hu-weeee—hu.

BR  Monogamous. Builds large grass ball nest.

 

 

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Wbc001

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc002

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc003

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc004

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc005

 

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc006

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc007

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc008

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc009

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Wbc010

Near Zebra Mountains, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

 

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