Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 03 December 2012
Scientific Name
Uraeginthus bengalus
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Uraeginthus
  • U. bengalus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 29 November 2018)
  • 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
4.9 to 5.1 inches
.31 to .39 ounces

International Names

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