Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Angola Waxbill (Coccopygia bocagei)


French: Astrild de Bocage German: Angolagrünastrild Spanish: Estrilda de Bocage
Other common names: Angola Swee

Coccopygia bocagei


, 1903,

Huíla, Angola


This species, C. melanotis and C. quartinia often treated as conspecific, but differ morphologically and in behaviour. Monotypic.


W Angola (W Malanje and Cuanza Sul S to N Namibe and NW Huíla).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm. Male has crown and nape grey, back and upperwing olive-green, crown to back finely barred dark grey, rump and uppertail-coverts red, tail black; face and... read more


No information.


Tall grass and undergrowth at edge of forest and riverine woodland, evergreen woodland and along... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Recorded items small grass seeds. Forages in pairs and small groups.


No information.


No information; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common. Surprisingly poorly known species.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Angola Waxbill (Coccopygia bocagei). 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 23 March 2018).