Orange-cheeked Waxbill (Estrilda melpoda) - HBW 15, p. 316
French: Astrild à joues orange
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.
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VideosSee all 11 videos
2 birds coming to drink Locality Abuko Nature Reserve, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 1 January 2012 2 years ago 18 sec 4.5
Two birds on a branch Locality Brufut, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Alex García · Videoaves 18 April 2011 2 years ago 22 sec 4.2
Two birds bathing at the edge of a small puddle of water. Locality Abuko Nature Reserve, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp melpoda)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 November 2008 5 years ago 25 sec 4.2
A perched bird moving. Introduced species. Locality Utuado, Puerto Rico
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2007 4 years ago 25 sec 4
Several birds moving on branches. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 5 years ago 31 sec 3.7
A bird on a branch looking around. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 5 years ago 22 sec 3.7
The least often seen of the Estrildid finches around Gunjur.
Locality Gunjur, Western Division, The Gambia
M P Goodey 1 October 2007 3 years ago 4.6
Orange-cheeked Waxbill in Kribi, Tara plage hotel
Locality Kribi, South Province, Cameroon
Bernard Guevorts 19 August 2012 1 year ago 3.8
A bird on a branch.
Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 5 years ago 3.8
Washing and drinking birds at a small pool
Locality Abuko Nature Reserve, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia
Frank Derriks 9 November 2008 5 years ago 3