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Blue-breasted Cordon Bleu Waxbill

Uraeginthus angolensis
Cordon Bleu Finch Cordon Bleus were originally found in Africa in savannah, thorn, scrub, dry bush, and cultivated areas where surface water is available. The main types of Cordon Bleus are blue-breasted, blue capped, and red cheeked.

Not only is this delightful waxbill loved for its blue coloring, unusual in birds, but also for its lovely song. They get along well with most other finches. The main distinguishing feature on the Blue-breasted Cordon is that it has no red cheek patch, and the mandible is more bluish tending to purple. The blue is slightly less intense on a female and less extensive, particularly around the facial area.

Care and Feeding:

Cordon Bleus are easily kept in good health on a diet of a high quality finch mix. Occasionally giving them spray millet and an eggfood mix will keep them healthy and give them extra energy. They will need an adequate supply of fresh, clean water changed at least every other day. A good rule of thumb is if the water does not look clean enough for you to drink then change it.

Breeding:

The hen lays 4 to 6 small white eggs and parent birds share incubation duties. The eggs hatch in approximately 11 to 14 days. The hatchlings have skin and fawn colored down. The young birds fledge at approximately 18 days and the parents will start to wean babies around 40 days. The young birds should not be removed from their parents until they have been out of the nest at least four weeks.