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Oiseaux, Petits Exotiques (Astrilds Asiatique) : Bengali à ventre jaune

Oiseaux, Petits Exotiques (Astrilds Asiatique) : Astrild de Sydney

The cedar waxwing is a member of the family Bombycillidae or waxwing family of passerine birds. It is a med sized, mostly brown, gray & yellow bird named for its wax-like wing tips. It is a native of North & Central America, breeding in open wooded areas in southern Canada & wintering in the southern half of the US, Central America & the far NW of South America. Its diet includes cedar cones, fruit & insects.

American Goldfinch by Dan Demczuk on Flickr* - Losing those winter colors!

The Purple-Backed (or Violet-Backed) Starling ~ Not native to the USA. You'll have to travel to Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Russia or one of several other far-away places to see it.

Anyone who’s ever searched high and low for their first Green Twinspot will know that these little seedeaters can be incredibly difficult to track down, generally tending to wiz away at the first sight of any human presence. However, exceptions do occur, and Markus Lilje certainly struck it lucky with this very approachable male that was found feeding on some fallen seeds in South Africa’s famous Dlinza Forest, situated near the town of Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal. What a glorious little bird…