Order Passeriformes

Family Estrildidae

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  • Small passerines with short bill, short rounded wings, some species with plumage dull brown or grey, many brightly coloured and boldly patterned.
  • Afrotropical, Oriental and Australasian Regions and tropical Pacific islands.
  • Open grassland and marshy areas to open woodland and rainforest.
  • 8-15 cm.
  • 34 genera, 141 species, 313 taxa.
  • 6 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Bonan, A. (2018). Waxbills (Estrildidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52373 on 24 March 2018).