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Orange-cheeked Waxbill

DE: Orangebäckchen, NL: Oranjekaakastrilde (Oranjekaakje), FR: Astrild à joues oranges,
ES: Astrild de Mejilla Anaranjada, IT: Astrilde guancearancio,
PT: Bico de lacre de bochechas laranja,  DK: Orangekindet Astrild, SW: Orangekindad astrild,
NO: Oransjekinnastrild, FI: Savannivahanokka,  PL: Astryld zlotolicy, CZ: Astrild oranžovolící,
HU: Narancsarcú asztrild, TR: Turuncu yanaklı mumgaga

Estrilda melpoda

Estrilda melpoda melpoda
Estrilda m. tschadensis

Origin: Senegal, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Centr. Afr. Rep, D.R. Congo (Zaire), Congo, Angola, Zambia

Length: 10 cm

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

Orange-cheeked Waxbill (male)

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

Orange-cheeked Waxbill (female)

Food: Mainly grass seeds, which they pick from the spikes or find on the ground. Like all other estrilda they vary their menu by also including insects. Especially when they are raising their young, insects are an important food source.

Outside the breeding season these birds are observed in small or in large flocks. During the breeding season they separate into pairs, displaying territorial behaviour.

Nest Orange-cheeked waxbill

Nest Orange-cheeked waxbill