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  Violet-eared Waxbill

 

 

Granatina granatina

(845) 14 cm; 12 g

M  One of the most colourful seedeaters in region with violet cheeks, red bill, blue rump and forehead, and rich chestnut body.

F  Paler than M with fawn underparts.

JUV  Paler than F, and lacks bright facial colours; bill black.

STATUS  Fairly common resident, sedentary or locally nomadic. Usually in pairs or small family groups.

HABITAT  Semi-arid and arid savanna, espe­cially with tangled Acacia thickets.

FOOD  Mainly seeds but also insects and nectar.

CALL  Soft twittering notes.

BR  Monogamous. Nest an oval ball of dry grass, usually placed 1-2 m high in shrub or tree. Parasitised by Shaft-tailed Whydah.

 

 

Wve001

Deception Valley

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Wve002

Deception Valley

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Wve003

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Wve004

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Wve005

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Wve006

Farm near Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Wve007

Farm near Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Wve008

Farm near Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

   

 

 

 

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