Add to favorites
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Red-breasted Toucan

Previous bird

Red-breasted Toucan

  • Ramphastos dicolorus
  • Toucans, Hornbills & Barbets

About the Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Also known as: Red-cheeked Blue Waxbill, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

The Red-cheeked Cordonbleu is a small species of finch that lives throughout much of central Africa. They feed mainly on seeds.

Red-cheeked Cordonbleus are named for the bright red patch of feathers found on the side of the male bird's face. Females have a similar overall plumage, but lack the red cheeks.

Because of their extreme beauty and easygoing nature, Red-cheeked Cordonbleus are popular in aviculture. The species has an extremely large wild range and has a conservation status of Least Concern as of December 2012.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 03 December 2012
Scientific Name Uraeginthus bengalus
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Uraeginthus
  • U. bengalus
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
4.9 to 5.1 inches
.31 to .39 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa

International Names

  • 红颊蓝饰雀 (Chinese)
  • motýlek rudouchý (Czech)
  • Sommerfuglefinke (Danish)
  • Blauwfazantje (Dutch)
  • punaposkipeippo (Finnish)
  • Cordonbleu à joues rouges (French)
  • Schmetterlingsastrild (German)
  • Cordon blu guancerosse (Italian)
  • セイキチョウ [seikichou] (Japanese)
  • Rødkinnastrild (Norwegian)
  • motylik krasnouchy (Polish)
  • Красноухий астрильд (Russian)
  • Cordón Azul de Mejillas Rojas (Spanish)
  • Rödkindad fjärilsfink (Swedish)