The Red-cheeked Condon-bleu
Uraeginthus bengalus

Planning a birding Safari at the end your next business trip to Africa...? Get ready to enjoy the Red-cheeked Condon-bleu.

The red-cheeked cordon-bleu is a common African waxbill closely related to the blue waxbill.

This Uganda Bird is a diminutive finch with blue underparts and a male only bold red cheek-patch.

You will enjoy watching restless flocks of this bird in savanna habitats throught the country.

In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Red-cheeked Condon-bleus in Uganda in order to make your Bird watching tour to Africa even more fascinating.

You will find information about:

Where to find the Red-cheeked Condon-bleu in Uganda

You will find Red-cheeked Condon-bleus virtually in all habitats of Africa except in forest interiors.

These birds however, prefer more luxuriant habitats like savannah and miombo woodland.

How you will know that you've seen a Red-cheeked Condon-bleu

Red-cheeked Condon-bleus are small birds about 13 cm long.

You will easily identify the adult male birds by their bright red cheek patches.

The adult female birds are brown above except for the blue rump and tail.

The birds have a short sharp beak with the upper part being pink in color, and the lower part is black.

Red-cheeked Condon-bleus feed on seeds, grains and small insects like spiders, caterpillars and centipedes.

Interesting Facts about Red-cheeked Condon-bleus

The song of the Red-cheeked Condon-bleu you will here is a rhythmic lazy song consting of 4-6 high-pitched lipsy notes with the last note lower, longer and more burry.

The contact call is an often repeated high-pitched sii sii.....

The female Red-cheeked Condon-bleu 2-3 eggs and either sex will incubate.

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