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Black-rumped Waxbill

Estrilda troglodytes

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A tiny finch of dry grasslands, thickets, and grassy woodlands. Similar to Common Waxbill, but the underparts are uniformly pale (not pinkish), the back lacks barring, the undertail is white (not dark), and the tail is square-tipped. Native to Africa and introduced to several Caribbean Islands, the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, and Spain. It occurred on the western side of Hawaii Island until early 2000s, but apparently has been extirpated. Any observations in Hawaii should be documented with careful notes and photographs.

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