Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Black-cheeked Waxbill (Estrilda charmosyna)


French: Astrild des fées German: Feenastrild Spanish: Estrilda carinegra norteña

Habropyga charmosyna


, 1881,

Bardera, southern Somalia


Treated as subspecies of E. erythronotos in HBW, and this position partially adopted subsequently#R#R. Evidence, however, points in opposite direction: present species differs from geographically close E. e. delamerei in its grey vs black lower chin and upper throat (2); paler, much less crimson-shot grey breast and flanks (2); pinkish grey-white vs black belly to vent (3); smaller bill (effect size −2.17, score 2); and (despite claim of “no differences in vocalizations” in HBW) “much harsher” calls#R (allow at least 1); moreover, distribution appears parapatric or even slightly overlapping with delamerei, evidence used to conclude species status#R#R. Proposed race pallidior (from N Guaso, on R Nyiro, in Kenya) considered inseparable from charmosyna. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. c. charmosyna Reichenow, 1881 – SE South Sudan, C & S Ethiopia, NW & S Somalia, N & E Uganda and N & E Kenya.
  • E. c. kiwanukae van Someren, 1919 – SE Kenya.
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Black-cheeked Waxbill (Estrilda charmosyna). 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 19 December 2018).