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Swee Waxbill

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About the Swee Waxbill

Also known as: Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Green Waxbill, Dufresne's Waxbill, Swee, Black-faced Swee, Yellow-bellied Swee, Angolan Waxbill, Angolan Swee

The Swee Waxbill is a type of finch that lives in parts of southern and eastern Africa. Their preferred habitat is grassland, pastures, or other open landscapes.

Swee Waxbills have grey on the head and chest, with olive feathers on the back and wings. The lovely bicolor beak is black on top and red on the bottom. Males have a black facial mask which the females lack.

These beautiful birds are popular in aviculture. They are known to have a friendly disposition and they can do well in a large aviary. They have a conservation status of Least Concern (as of December 2012) in the wild.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 04 December 2012
Scientific Name Coccopygia melanotis
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Coccopygia
  • C. melanotis
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 16 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
3.5 to 3.9 inches
.2 to .25 ounces
Range South Africa

International Names

  • 黑颊黄腹梅花雀 (Chinese)
  • astrild šedoprsý (Czech)
  • Sortkindet Astrild (Danish)
  • Groenrugastrild (Dutch)
  • vihervahanokka (Finnish)
  • Astrild à joues noires (French)
  • Kapgrünastrild (German)
  • Estrilda sui sui (Italian)
  • キバラカエデチョウ (Japanese)
  • Krattastrild (Norwegian)
  • astryld zóltobrzuchy (Polish)
  • Желтобрюхий астрильд (Russian)
  • Estrilda Ventrigualda Meridional (Spanish)
  • Svartkindad astrild (Swedish)