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

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 04 December 2012
Scientific Name
Coccopygia melanotis
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Coccopygia
  • C. melanotis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 March 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
3.5 to 3.9 inches
.2 to .25 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑颊黄腹梅花雀
Czech (Cesky) astrild šedoprsý
Danish (Dansk) Sortkindet Astrild
Dutch (Nederlands) Groenrugastrild
Finnish (Suomi) vihervahanokka
French (Français) Astrild à joues noires
German (Deutsch) Kapgrünastrild
Italian (Italiano) Estrilda sui sui
Japanese (日本語) キバラカエデチョウ
Norwegian (Norsk) Krattastrild
Polish (Polski) astryld zóltobrzuchy
Russian (русский язык) Желтобрюхий астрильд
Spanish (Español) Estrilda Ventrigualda Meridional
Swedish (Svenska) Svartkindad astrild
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