Blue-capped Cordonbleu

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 November 2012
Scientific Name
Uraeginthus cyanocephalus
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Uraeginthus
  • U. cyanocephalus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.75 inches

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 蓝顶蓝饰雀
Czech (Cesky) motýlek modrohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Blåhovedet Sommerfuglefinke
Dutch (Nederlands) Blauwkopastrild
Finnish (Suomi) sinipääpeippo
French (Français) Cordonbleu cyanocéphale
German (Deutsch) Blaukopfastrild
Italian (Italiano) Cordon blu dal cappuccio
Japanese (日本語) ルリガシラセイキチョウ [rurigashiraseikichou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Blåhodeastrild
Polish (Polski) motylik blekitnoglowy
Russian (русский язык) Синеголовый астрильд
Spanish (Español) Cordón Azul de Capa Azul
Swedish (Svenska) Blåhuvad fjärilsfink
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