Swee Waxbill

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
Swee Waxbill

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 & Statistics


The Swee Waxbill is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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