Small, pretty waxbill of lush habitats. Note the red bill, black tail, olive-brown back, and red rump, which is conspicuous in flight. The face and crown show considerable geographical variation, varying from all-gray to all-olive to gray with an olive crown. The underparts can be dull white or yellow. Found primarily at middle elevations in a variety of lush habitats, including grassland, moist scrub, cultivation, woodland, and forest clearings. The call is short, high-pitched, and nasal, often given in flight. Distinguished from Common and Black-rumped Waxbills by the red rump.