Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Arabian Waxbill (Estrilda rufibarba)


Taxonomy

French: Astrild barbe-rousse German: Jemenastrild Spanish: Estrilda árabe
Taxonomy:

H[abropyga]. rufibarba

Cabanis

, 1851,

Arabia

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In the past thought closest to E. troglodytes or to E. rhodopyga, or to be a hybrid between those two. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; one bird 8·5 g. Male has red lores and eyestripe; forehead to nape and upperparts greyish-brown, faintly barred on nape, more barred on mantle, back and upperwing-... read more

Voice

Contact call and flight call a repeated hard buzzing "dzit", "dzeet", "chzit" or "chee"; flocks... read more

Habitat

Wadis and valleys, rocky hillsides with thick scrub or trees, weedy thickets, patches of reeds and... read more

Food and feeding

Small seeds of sedges (Cyperaceae), rushes (Juncaceae), grasses, including cereals, and herbs; recorded also as taking seeds in riverine... read more

Breeding

Recently fledged juveniles seen and a bird carrying nest material in early May in S Yemen (Tarim). No other information.

Movements

Resident; some post-breeding wandering.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-west Arabian Mountains EBA. Fairly common. Seems to be dependent to a great extent on agriculture;... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Arabian Waxbill (Estrilda rufibarba). 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/61112 on 21 June 2018).