Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Uraeginthus bengalus

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Uraeginthus bengalus, photo © by Michael Plagens.

This male is on the left as this pair of red-cheeked cordon-bleu rest in a Nairobi Garden. Kenya. December 2012.

These small birds (about 12 cm from beak to vent) have red, conical, seed-cracking bills. They inhabit dry habitats and also gardens and agricultural settings. Common through much of sub-Saharan Africa. Only male birds have the namesake red cheek.

Estrildidae -- Waxbill Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 25 December 2010,
updated 20 May 2012