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Violet-eared Waxbill | Granatina granatina

The Violet-eared Waxbill is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Estrildidae bird family group which includes birds such as Waxbills, Firefinches, Twinspots.

The description for the Violet-eared Waxbill (Latin name Granatina granatina) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Granatina granatina can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 845 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1053. You will find a picture of the Violet-eared Waxbill on page 1057.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

The Latin name for this bird is Uraeginthus granatinus in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Violet-eared Waxbill is known in Afrikaans as Koningblousysie.

The Violet-eared Waxbill is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Granatina granatina can be found in other parts of the world.

The Violet-eared Waxbill has a height of 14 cms and weighs around 12 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Granatina granatina has a brown coloured throat, black legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is brown

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Granatina granatina forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Violet-eared Waxbill is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 5 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The Violet-eared Waxbill is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is found in the African bushveld

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Violet-eared Waxbill is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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