Orange-breasted Waxbill (Amandava subflava)

The Orange-breasted Waxbill is a small but striking bird that is found in certain parts of Africa. Measuring around 10 cm in length, these birds are known for their vibrant orange breast feathers that contrast beautifully with their blue-gray backs and wings. They have black tails, black bills, and a distinctive red eye-ring that adds to their overall striking appearance.

In terms of habitat, Orange-breasted Waxbills are typically found in grasslands, savannahs, and open woodlands in parts of South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. They are usually found in small flocks, feeding on grass seeds and insects in grassy areas or at the edges of woodlands.

These birds are sexually dimorphic, which means that the males and females have different physical characteristics. Male Orange-breasted Waxbills have a brighter orange breast and a more distinct eye-ring, as well as a slightly longer tail. Females are a bit duller in coloration, with a paler orange breast and a less prominent eye-ring.

The Orange-breasted Waxbill is a relatively active bird that is often seen hopping along the ground or darting through the air to catch insects. They are also known to perch on tall grasses or branches and sing a series of sweet, high-pitched notes that are a joy to listen to.

Due to their beautiful plumage and song, Orange-breasted Waxbills are sometimes kept as pets. However, this practice is not recommended, as it can have negative impacts on wild populations of the species. There are also legal protections in place in certain countries to prevent the trapping and export of these birds for the pet trade.

Overall, the Orange-breasted Waxbill is a delightful little bird that adds a burst of color and sound to the African savannahs and woodlands where it lives.

Other names

Amandava subflava



Orange-breasted Waxbill

múnia zebra



zebrasta estrilda

zlatoprska malá

Guldbrystet Astrild



Bengali zébré


Bengalino zebrato


zebrinė astrilda


bengalik złotobrzuchy


Золотистогрудый астрильд

Zlatoprsa astrilda

amandava zlatoprska

Bengalí cebra

guldbröstad tigerfink

Altın Göğüslü Mumgaga

бенгалик золотогрудий



aranymellű asztrild

zebras vasknibis