Crimson-rumped Waxbills having a bath

“Since my encounter with a whole family of these escapees [Crimson-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda rhodopyga)] in my own garden about 2 years ago LINK, I have not seen this exotic species again in my neighbourhood.

“From postings time and again on the net, I believe they have adopted Halus Wetlands as their second home now, and are regularly spotted there. I decided to go exotics-spotting this weekend at Halus, and aside from a Golden-backed (or Jackson’s) Weaver that appeared for a while but kept its distance, half a dozen of these waxbills appeared on cue and 3 of them had a nice bath in a puddle right in front of me.”

Lena Chow
1st July 2013


3 Responses

  1. Lee Chiu San

    Dear Lena,

    Great pictures. These waxbills are very prolific in aviculture, so it does not come as a surprise that you are seeing a fair number of escapees.

  2. Yes, and if 5 chicks (like the family in my garden) are an average brood size, then in no time they will be as common as Scaly-breasted Munias here. Not sure that’s a good thing though.

  3. […] my report last year of a large number of introduced Crimson-rumped Waxbills settling at Halus LINK, I chanced upon an even bigger flock of at least 20 birds at Gardens By The Bay last weekend (above […]


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