Cinderella waxbill

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Cinderella waxbill
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Estrilda
Species: E. thomensis
Binomial name
Estrilda thomensis
(Sousa, 1888)

The Cinderella waxbill (Estrilda thomensis) is a near-threatened species of estrildid finch found in drier regions of south-western Angola around Namibe Province, north and east to south-west Huila Province and north to Fazenda do Cuito in Huambo and extreme north-western Namibia. It has an estimated global distribution of 95,700 km2.


The Cinderella waxbill is found in subtropical and tropical (lowland) dry shrubland, savannah and forest habitats at altitude of 200 to 500 m. It is observed that the recent development of a hydroelectric plant on the Cunene River at Epupa Falls has caused changes to insect biodiversity which were relied on by the Cinderella waxbill during feeding of its young. Thus threatening its food source to be depleted.

The waxbill also eats grass seeds, nectar and insects. The Cinderella is diurnal.


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