Sunday Inspiration – Waxbills and Allies I

Black-crowned Waxbill (Estrilda nonnula) ©WikiC

Black-crowned Waxbill (Estrilda nonnula) ©WikiC

The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. (Psalms 111:2 KJV)

This Sunday, the Lord has created some very beautiful birds after their kind. The Lord’s Creative Hand and Colors is very obvious. This is the Estrildidae Family which includes 141 species. Their names are numerous; they are the Antpecker, Nigrita, Oliveback, Pytillia, Finch, Twinspot, Crimsonwing, Seedcracker, Bluebill, Firefinch, Waxbill, Cordon-bleu, Grenadier, Avadavat and Quailfinch. I started to do them all, but there were too many photos. The last 70+ birds in the family will be in Part II.

The estrildid finches are small passerine birds of the Old World tropics and Australasia. They can be classified as the family Estrildidae (weaver-finch), or as a subfamily within the family Passeridae, which strictly defined comprises the Old World sparrows. Most are sensitive to cold and require warm, usually tropical, habitats, although a few have adapted to the cooler climates of southern Australia.

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus) ©WikiC

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus) ©WikiC

They are gregarious and often colonial seed-eaters with short, thick, but pointed bills. They are all similar in structure and habits, but vary widely in plumage colours and patterns.

All the estrildids build large, domed nests and lay 5–10 white eggs. Many species build roost nests. Some of the fire-finches and pytilias are hosts to the brood-parasitic indigobirds and whydahs, respectively.

Shelley's Oliveback (Nesocharis shelleyi) ©Ron Knight

Shelley’s Oliveback (Nesocharis shelleyi) ©Ron Knight

The smallest species of the family is the Shelley’s Oliveback (Nesocharis shelleyi) at a mere 3.3 in (8.3 centimetres), although the lightest species is the Black-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda troglodytes) at 0.21 oz (6 g). The largest species is the Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora), at 6.7 in (17 cm) and 0.88 oz (25 g). (Wikipedia with editing)

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“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples.” (Psalms 96:3 AMP)


“My Jesus I Love Thee” ~ by Meagan Fee at Faith Baptist


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