The Common Waxbill (named after its
sealing wax red, shiny bill), also called the St Helena
Waxbill, is a finch with red goggles which is native to much
of sub-Saharan Africa. The Common Waxbill is very similar to the
Black-rumped (Red-eared) Waxbill (Estrilda troglodytes) which has a similar range. However the Common has a brown rump (not black) and a black vent (not white).
Male and female have similar plumage but the female's colours are less bright.
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The two photos above right appear to
have characteristics of both the St Helena (Common) Waxbill
and the Black-rumped (Red-eared) Waxbill. The latter is
native to central Africa overlapping the northern part of
the Common Waxbill range. While they have the strong barring
of the Common Waxbill and appear to have a brown rump and
black vent, there is a suggestion of patch of white
undertail and some white edging to the black tail -- both
features of the Black-rumped. They could be hybrids since
both birds were at the same location. The bird above left
(same place) also may have white edging to the tail?