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A photo of a Violet-eared Waxbill (Granatina granatina), male
Violet-eared Waxbill, Male

Violet-eared Waxbill

Granatina granatina

The Violet-eared Waxbill, also known as the Common Grenadier, is a striking member of the Estrildidae family. This small finch is adorned with a vibrant plumage that includes a notable violet patch around the ears, which gives rise to its name.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Violet-eared Waxbill, look for its distinctive violet ear coverts and the rich granatina hue that graces its body. The bird's overall appearance is quite elegant, making it a favorite among birdwatchers.

Habitat

This species thrives in the subtropical and tropical climates of Southern Africa, favoring dry shrubland and savanna environments where it can forage and nest.

Distribution

The Violet-eared Waxbill is commonly found across a range of Southern African countries, including Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Behaviour

Observing the behavior of the Violet-eared Waxbill can be quite delightful, as these birds exhibit a range of activities typical of estrildid finches.

Conservation status

Bird enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Violet-eared Waxbill is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, indicating that, for now, the species is not at immediate risk of decline.

Violet-eared Waxbill Sounds

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