Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Orange-winged Pytilia (Pytilia afra)


French: Beaumarquet à dos jaune German: Wienerastrild Spanish: Estrilda alinaranja

Fringilla afra

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,





Ethiopia, S South Sudan, N Uganda, C & SE Kenya, SE Congo (lower Congo Valley), SW, S & SE DRCongo, E Rwanda, S Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia and Malawi S to extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N & E Botswana, N South Africa (Limpopo) and SC Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 15–18 g. Male has face from forehead to ear-coverts, chin and upper throat red, rest of head grey, mantle and back golden-olive, edges of upperwing-coverts and... read more


Alarm or excitement call short, 0·04 seconds, sound energy peaks at 3 kHz with overtone 4... read more


Open wooded and bush country, tall grass savanna, tangled thickets, cultivated areas; generally... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on small grass seeds, and also termites (Isoptera). Forages mostly on ground. Generally occurs in family parties and small flocks;... read more


Season Apr–Jun in Tanzania, Jan–May and Aug in Zambia, Mar–Jul in Malawi and Feb–Apr in Zimbabwe. In courtship... read more


Resident; seasonal movements and nomadic in dry areas.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon or rare in much of range; locally more common. Rare especially at N & S extremes of range, i.e. Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa. In... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2019). Orange-winged Pytilia (Pytilia afra). 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 15 December 2019).