Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Near Threatened

Anambra Waxbill (Estrilda poliopareia)


French: Astrild du Niger German: Anambraastrild Spanish: Estrilda del Níger

Estrilda poliopareia


, 1902,

south Nigeria


In the past was sometimes thought to be a race of E. astrild (both having barred plumage above and below) or of E. paludicola (both having red rump and lacking red eyestripe). Monotypic.


SE Benin (lower R Ouémé)#R and S Nigeria (Onitsha, Forcados, R Nun, R Niger Delta, Badagri).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Male has forehead to hindneck greyish-brown, upperparts dull olive-yellow, faintly barred, rump and uppertail-coverts plain red, tail dark brown, with red on... read more


Little known; "tzzzt" calls described.


Tall grasses and sedges (Cyperaceae) on sandy riverbanks, swamps, and sandy shores at estuaries,... read more

Food and feeding

Small seeds of sedges and grasses (of genera Kyllinga, Fimbristylis, Digitaria and Panicum), seeds and... read more


Thought to breed after river levels recede following Oct–Nov floods; bird with nest material observed in stand of elephant grass at... read more


Probably resident. Possibly some short-distance movement following flooding in severe rainy seasons... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lower Niger Valley Secondary Area. Confined to few localities in SE Benin... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Anambra Waxbill (Estrilda poliopareia). 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 on 28 January 2020).