Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Cinderella Waxbill (Estrilda thomensis)


Taxonomy

French: Astrild de Sao Tomé German: Cinderellaastrild Spanish: Estrilda cenicienta
Taxonomy:

Estrelda thomensis

Sousa

, 1888,

São Tomé, Gulf of Guinea

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Was earlier referred to by name E. cinderella (described from Benguela, in W Angola), but present name has priority. Type specimen said to have come from São Tomé, but documentation uncertain; species not recorded there since, and presence at that time, if true, believed probably result of escape from captivity. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W Angola and extreme NW Namibia (R Cunene).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 6·8-8·5 g. Male is mostly light pearly grey above and below; black streak from lores through eye, red rump and uppertail-coverts, black tail; belly sooty grey (... read more

Voice

Contact call a harsh "brrrt, brrrt", and more intense repeated version given in alarm;... read more

Habitat

Riverine vegetation in acacia (Acacia) and mopane (Colophospermum mopane)... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on small grass seeds and other small seeds, and flowers (parts of plant or nectar); insects, including termites (Isoptera) and honey-... read more

Breeding

Nest-building in late Nov and Dec, after first rains, in Namibia. Nest undescribed in wild; in captivity, builds large ball of grass and... read more

Movements

Resident in Angola; in Namibia moves after rain, in wet season absent or difficult to find.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (LEAST CONCERN). Restricted-range species: present in Western Angola EBA. Remapping of this species' distribution yielded a larger range than... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Cinderella Waxbill (Estrilda thomensis). 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/61107 on 23 September 2018).