Estrilda astrild | common waxbill


Other Names: St Helena waxbill

The common waxbill is a native of Africa and was first reported in Hawaiʻi in the late 1970s. They are most often seen feeding on grass seeds on the ground or in tall weeds. They are small at 4 inches and gray brown in color. Look for their brilliant red eye mask and they dart around a field.

Hotspots for common waxbill

Keāhole Point

Open Ocean


Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Coastal Wetland

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Honua‘ula Forest Reserve (Makāula -‘O‘oma section)

Wet forest


Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Halapepe and ʻŌhiʻa Trails

Dry forestPasture and grasslands


Wailoa River State Park

Coastal Wetland

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Loko Waka Pond

Coastal Wetland

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