Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Uraeginthus bengalus, © Michael Plagens

Oval patch of red on either side of face. Only the males, like this one, have the 'red cheek'.

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Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Uraeginthus bengalus, © Michael Plagens

Light brown and pale blue very small bird with conical bill often seen foraging for seeds on the ground. Females, like this one, lack the 'red cheek'.

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Red-billed Firefinch

Red-billed Firefinch, © Michael Plagens

Small red (males) or grayish-red birds feeding often on ground. Lower mandible red. Common in towns.

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Purple Grenadier

Purple Grenadier, Uraeginthus ianthinogaster, © Michael Plagens

Small bird with intense blue on lower breast, belly and rump of males. Bill is conical and red or partly red.

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Bronze Mannikin

Bronze Mannikin, © Michael Plagens

Very small, seed-eating birds with rich, chocolate brown head, wings and back. Lower chest and belly white.

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Gray-headed Silverbill

Gray-headed Silver-bill, Lonchura griseicapilla, © Michael Plagens

The bill is large and conicle. Silvery speckles on gray head and neck contrast with golden-tan belly.

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Common Waxbill

Common Waxbill, © Michael Plagens

The red bill is the color of sealing wax. Gray-brown with fine barring on the back. Very small bird.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 12 February 2015,
updated 11 January 2016.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya because I am so new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn them I am teaching myself, sharing with others. If you find an error or appreciate my efforts please send me a message.