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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Waxbills

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Estrildidae

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The family of Waxbills is found in Africa, South Asia, and Australia. They are small birds with a body length of 9 cm to 14 cm. The beak is short and strong. Most of the species are grain eaters. As a rule, they are sociable birds. The nests are messy structures that are built by both parents. The chicks' throats are often very contrasting in color. Some species are ready for breeding after just a few months.

Nigrita

     luteifrons - Pale-fronted Nigrita (1)
     canicapillus - Grey-headed Nigrita (1)
     bicolor - Chestnut-breasted Nigrita (2)
     fusconotus - White-breasted Nigrita (1)

Parmoptila

     woodhousei - Woodhouse's Antpecker (2)
     rubrifrons - Red-fronted Antpecker (4)
     jamesoni - Jameson's Antpecker (1)

Nesocharis

     shelleyi - Shelley's Oliveback (3)
     ansorgei - White-collared Oliveback (2)
     capistrata - Grey-headed Oliveback (2)

Coccopygia

     melanotis - Swee Waxbill (3)
     quartinia - Yellow-bellied Waxbill (2)

Mandingoa

     nitidula - Green Twinspot (3)

Cryptospiza

     shelleyi - Shelley's Crimsonwing (1)
     jacksoni - Dusky Crimsonwing (1)
     salvadorii - Abyssinian Crimsonwing (1)
     reichenovii - Red-faced Crimsonwing (2)

Estrilda

     caerulescens - Lavender Waxbill (4)
     perreini - Grey Waxbill (1)
     thomensis - Cinderella Waxbill (1)
     paludicola - Fawn-breasted Waxbill (2)
     poliopareia - Anambra Waxbill (1)
     melpoda - Orange-cheeked Waxbill (1)
     rufibarba - Arabian Waxbill (1)
     rhodopyga - Crimson-rumped Waxbill (1)
     troglodytes - Black-rumped Waxbill (1)
     astrild - Common Waxbill (2)
     nigriloris - Black-lored Waxbill (1)
     nonnula - Black-crowned Waxbill (1)
     atricapilla - Black-headed Waxbill (2)
     kandti - Kandt's Waxbill (1)
     erythronotos - Black-faced Waxbill (3)
     charmosyna - Black-cheeked Waxbill (1)

Spermophaga

     poliogenys - Grant's Bluebill (1)
     haematina - Western Bluebill (2)
     ruficapilla - Red-headed Bluebill (2)

Pyrenestes

     ostrinus - Black-bellied Seedcracker (3)
     sanguineus - Crimson Seedcracker (2)
     minor - Lesser Seedcracker (2)

Uraeginthus

     angolensis - Blue Waxbill (4)
     bengalus - Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (5)
     cyanocephalus - Blue-capped Cordon-bleu (4)

Granatina

     ianthinogaster - Purple Grenadier (4)
     granatina - Common Grenadier (8)

Euschistospiza

     dybowskii - Dybowski's Twinspot (5)
     cinereovinacea - Dusky Twinspot (2)

Hypargos

     niveoguttatus - Red-throated Twinspot (2)
     margaritatus - Pink-throated Twinspot (2)

Clytospiza

     monteiri - Brown Twinspot (2)

Pytilia

     hypogrammica - Yellow-winged Pytilia (3)
     phoenicoptera - Red-winged Pytilia (1)
     lineata - Red-billed Pytilia (1)
     melba - Green-winged Pytilia (5)
     afra - Orange-winged Pytilia (1)

Lagonosticta

     senegala - Red-billed Firefinch (11)
     rufopicta - Bar-breasted Firefinch (1)
     nitidula - Brown Firefinch (3)
     larvata - Black-throated Firefinch (4)
     rara - Black-bellied Firefinch (1)
     rubricata - African Firefinch (1)
     landanae - Landana Firefinch (2)
     rhodopareia - Jameson's Firefinch (5)
     virata - Mali Firefinch (1)
     sanguinodorsalis - Rock Firefinch (1)
     umbrinodorsalis - Chad Firefinch (1)

Amadina

     fasciata - Cut-throat Finch (3)
     erythrocephala - Red-headed Finch (6)

Sporaeginthus

     subflavus - Zebra Waxbill (3)
     formosus - Green Avadavat (3)

Amandava

     amandava - Red Avadavat (3)

Ortygospiza

     atricollis - Black-faced Quail-Finch (4)
     gabonensis - Black-chinned Quail-Finch (1)
     fuscocrissa - African Quail-Finch (2)

Paludipasser

     locustella - Locust Finch (2)

Emblema

     pictum - Painted Finch (4)

Stagonopleura

     bella - Beautiful Firetail (2)
     oculata - Red-eared Firetail (3)
     guttata - Diamond Firetail (2)

Oreostruthus

     fuliginosus - Mountain Firetail (3)

Neochmia

     temporalis - Red-browed Finch (4)
     phaeton - Crimson Finch (2)
     ruficauda - Star Finch (3)
     modesta - Plum-headed Finch (2)

Taeniopygia

     guttata - Zebra Finch (3)
     bichenovii - Double-barred Finch (3)

Poephila

     personata - Masked Finch (4)
     acuticauda - Long-tailed Finch (2)
     cincta - Black-throated Finch (2)

Erythrura

     hyperythra - Tawny-breasted Parrot-Finch (2)
     prasina - Pin-tailed Parrot-Finch (2)
     viridifacies - Green-faced Parrot-Finch (2)
     tricolor - Tricolored Parrot-Finch (2)
     trichroa - Blue-faced Parrot-Finch (3)
     coloria - Red-eared Parrot-Finch (1)
     papuana - Papuan Parrot-Finch (1)
     psittacea - Red-throated Parrot-Finch (4)
     pealii - Fiji Parrotfinch (6)
     cyaneovirens - Red-headed Parrot-Finch (3)
     regia - Royal Parrotfinch (3)
     kleinschmidti - Pink-billed Parrot-finch (1)
     gouldiae - Gouldian Finch (4)

Odontospiza

     griseicapilla - Grey-headed Silverbill (2)

Spermestes

     cucullata - Bronze Mannikin (6)
     bicolor - Black-and-white Mannikin (3)
     fringilloides - Magpie Mannikin (3)

Euodice

     malabarica - Indian Silverbill (3)
     cantans - African Silverbill (2)

Lonchura

     nana - Madagascar Mannikin (4)
     striata - White-rumped Munia (2)
     leucogastroides - Javan Munia (1)
     fuscans - Dusky Munia (3)
     molucca - Black-faced Munia (1)
     kelaarti - Black-throated Munia (1)
     punctulata - Scaly-breasted Munia (6)
     leucogastra - White-bellied Munia (1)
     tristissima - Streak-headed Munia (1)
     malacca - Black-headed Munia (1)
     atricapilla - Chestnut Munia (2)
     ferruginosa - White-capped Munia (1)
     quinticolor - Five-colored Munia (1)
     maja - White-headed Munia (2)
     pallida - Pale-headed Munia (1)
     grandis - Great-billed Munia (2)
     vana - Grey-banded Munia (1)
     nevermanni - Grey-crowned Munia (1)
     spectabilis - Hooded Munia (1)
     caniceps - Grey-headed Munia (1)
     hunsteini - Mottled Munia (2)
     forbesi - New Ireland Munia (1)
     nigerrima - New Hanover Munia (1)
     flaviprymna - Yellow-rumped Munia (2)
     castaneothorax - Chestnut-breasted Munia (2)
     stygia - Black Munia (1)
     teerinki - Black-breasted Munia (1)
     montana - Western Alpine Munia (1)
     monticola - Eastern Alpine Munia (1)
     melaena - Sooty Munia (1)
     oryzivora - Java Sparrow (4)
     fuscata - Timor Sparrow (2)

Heteromunia

     pectoralis - Pictorella Munia (4)

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