Attractive Orange - Cheeked Waxbill
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Description: The Orange-cheeked Waxbill (Estrilda melpoda) is a delightful and beautiful African waxbill finch. If I could recommend an ideal finch, this one would be at the top of the list. The Orange-cheeked Waxbill lives in small family parties or flocks of thirty of more individuals. Their high-pitched peeps are the best clue of their presence. Like most estridids, they are very acrobatic in their movements on twigs and grass stems, "climbing" up and down verticals and hanging upside down while feeding. The Orange-cheeked Waxbills are among some of the most colorful waxbills and truly a pure joy to observe!
Song / Call: Click to hear the Orange-cheeked Waxbill.
Size / Weight: 4"
Lifespan: 4 years
Sexing: Orange Cheek Waxbills are not able to be visually sexed.
If there is not a gender option listed for this bird on our website, that particular species is 'monomorphic', which means we’re unable to determine gender without DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $99 per bird to be tested. If you want us to do our best without DNA testing, just make a note in the comment section of your order letting us know your preference. Please note that if no DNA testing is ordered, we are unable to guarantee a preferred gender but will do our best. See our FAQs for more info.
Temperament: The Orange-cheeked Waxbills are very sociable birds, they get along with other species, except while breeding, when they can become more nervous and territorial. The males like to sing and will vocalize with their high-pitched chirping. Males have different melodies and hens may vocalize a bit, but they will not sing. Orange-cheeked Waxbills are very active and flighty birds and do well in a large flight or aviary, as they are not cage birds, requiring space and places to hide and feel safe.
Breeding: Orange-cheeked Waxbills are very easy to breed and may at any time of the year; but mostly they breed in spring when it gets warmer. Nests may even be placed directly on the ground, which is why it should be kept as dry as possible. A feather pillow provides a good supply of fine feathers for lining. The parents require a good supply of live food when raising chicks. Common choices are fruit flies, small mealworms, pinhead crickets and small spiders. Additionally, they should be provided; soaked and germinated seeds - a favorite for feeding chicks. Grated Cuttlefish Bone and some iodized minerals (pigeon minerals) are often supplemented.
Diet: Classic Finch Seed, Dried Egg Food, Millet Spray, Cuttlefish Bone along fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, small mealworms, fruit flies, and pinhead crickets (which some will take and others will not) should be offered, especially during breeding.
Sources: Wikipedia, Vivapets
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I am a first time finch owner, and these birds blew me away with their unique colors and behavior! The Finch Farm knows how to impress for sure! I received my two Orange- Cheeked Waxbills within 24 hours of my shipment confirmation after only 2 days of ordering online. After almost a week of having these two gems I couldn't be happier knowing they were the right decision. They play constantly and are so happy, healthy, and cheerful. Their chirps pleasantly wake me up in the morning and are a great addition to my life. Thank you to the owners too for being so willing to email me back so promptly about questions that I had! Don't be hesitant to buy from this company, they know how to do it the right way!