Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Orange-cheeked Waxbill (Estrilda melpoda) - HBW 15, p. 316

French: Astrild à joues orange German: Orangebäckchenastrild Spanish: Estrilda Carinaranja
Other common names: Rosy-cheeked Waxbill

Taxonomy: Fringilla melpoda Vieillot, 1817, Senegal.
Birds from Andali (N Adamawa), in E Nigeria, described as race tschadensis and others from Lulua Province, in S DRCongo, as race fucata, but neither appears to differ significantly from birds in rest of species' range. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: Extreme S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, S Mali, Sierra Leone and Liberia E to Nigeria, Cameroon, S Chad, Central African Republic, Gabon S to N Angola, and DRCongo, W Burundi and N Zambia.Introduced in Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Martinique) and in Hawaiian Is.