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Blue-capped Cordonbleu

Blue-crowned Conure
Blue-billed Curassow

About the Blue-capped Cordonbleu

Also known as: Cordon Bleu, Blue-headed Waxbill, Blue-capped Waxbill

Blue-capped Cordonbleus are beautiful little African finches. They live in grassland and shrub habitat in parts of East Africa. These colorful finches eat both seeds and insects. Their thick finch bills earn them the nickname "waxbill."

The male Blue-capped Cordonbleu has bright blue upperparts with tawny brown wings and belly feathers. Females are similar but duller in plumage, with less blue around the head.

Because of their beauty, quiet nature, and willingness to breed in captivity, Blue-capped Cordonbleus are popular aviary or pet birds. Despite the continued practice of capturing wild birds for the pet trade, the species has a conservation status of Least Concern.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 November 2012
Scientific Name Uraeginthus cyanocephalus
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Uraeginthus
  • U. cyanocephalus
Birdorable Family Finches
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.75 inches
Range East Africa

International Names

  • 蓝顶蓝饰雀 (Chinese)
  • motýlek modrohlavý (Czech)
  • Blåhovedet Sommerfuglefinke (Danish)
  • Blauwkopastrild (Dutch)
  • sinipääpeippo (Finnish)
  • Cordonbleu cyanocéphale (French)
  • Blaukopfastrild (German)
  • Cordon blu dal cappuccio (Italian)
  • ルリガシラセイキチョウ [rurigashiraseikichou] (Japanese)
  • Blåhodeastrild (Norwegian)
  • motylik blekitnoglowy (Polish)
  • Синеголовый астрильд (Russian)
  • Cordón Azul de Capa Azul (Spanish)
  • Blåhuvad fjärilsfink (Swedish)