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The Rosy-rumped Waxbill for sale, (Estrilda rhodopyga) also known as Crimson-rumped Waxbill is a common species of estrildid finch found in north-eastern Africa. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 830,000 km. It is found in Burundi, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Rosey-rumped Waxbills have a dark brown-gray upper body color while the underparts are a light gray-beige color. They have a crimson eye stripe with crimson patches on the flight feathers and upper tail coverts. The beak and eyes are black while the legs are dark gray. Both sexes look identical and are often confused with Red-Ear waxbills. These birds must be kept warm during colder months. In outdoor enclosures, adequate shelter should be provided to protect from driving rain, cold winds, and excessive heat. Waxbills inhabit damp grassy areas, preferring those near wetlands. They breed and nest among reed beds, tall grasses, riverside vegetation, and dense bushy cover.

Geography: Kenya, Ethiopia and southern Sudan. It originated in East Africa.

Song / Call:  Click here for Rosy-rumped Waxbill song

Size: 4″

Life Span: 4 years

Sexing: Mono-morphic (visually hard to determine sex)

Temperament: Rosy-rumped Waxbills do best in a large planted aviary with mixed species

Breeding: Rosy-rumped Waxbills are considered harder to breed than the more common Red-ear and St. Helena Waxbills. A large planted same species aviary with low bushes and shrubs will help trigger a breeding response. A globe shaped nest made of grasses or moss works best. Rosey-rumps normally build their nest in low bushes, so place handmade nest in low concealed spots with in the bush and a few up higher.

Diet: Classic Finch Seed, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, Dried Egg Food, Mineral Grit, Cuttlefish Bone, Herb Salad, Meal Worms, Greens

DNA Testing

If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.

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