The Finch Weekly

What is a Waxbill?

One of the things you learn when you start keeping birds is that some birds have a few different names.  Another is that there are names for groups of birds that aren’t ‘proper’ zoological terms but help to break up the massive group that are passerine species.   An example of that is the waxbill, another […]

Violet Eared Waxbill Profile

The Violet Eared Waxbill is also known as the Common Grenadier and is a member of the same family as other eye catching finches such as the Purple Grenadier and the Blue cap waxbills.  With its distinctive purple face and rump, it is an easy to distinguish bird and also one that tends to be […]

Waxbills – The Purple Grenadier

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Small But Lively – The Red Eared Waxbill

As a rule, waxbills are interesting little birds to keep as they are very busy, always doing something and good entertainment.  The red eared waxbill is one of the smaller members of this branch of the Estrildid family tree and is every bit as lively and interesting as its slightly bigger cousins.  Here is a […]

Perfectly Purple – The Lavender Waxbill

Before I started keeping birds, if someone told me you could get a beautiful pale purple finch with a stunning red tail, I would have chuckled.  Sure, British birds are lovely but there’s nothing remotely purple about the gang.  Then I learned about the Lavender Waxbill which is definitely perfectly purple. Who is the lavender […]

The Common Waxbill

In my opinion, there’s nothing common about the common waxbill and that’s one of the reasons I tend to call them by their other name, the St Helena waxbill.  These beautiful little birds with their bright red beak, red Zorro style eye mask and subtle barring on their brown feathers are a truly lovely little […]