Cordon Bleu

Cordon Bleu

Uraeginthus bengalus

Other Names: Red-cheeked Waxbill, Red-cheeked Blue Waxbill

Size: 12cm

Subspecies: Uraeginthus bengalus – Red-Cheeked
Uraeginthus angolensis – Blue-Breasted Uraeginthus cyanocephala- Blue capped

Habitat: Living as pairs in the wild, Cordons are found living among thorn bushes seeking for small seeds, grasses and termites. Dry woodland regions consisting of bushes and shrubs.

Cordon Bleu

Cordon Bleu

Distribution: Red-Cheeked cordons are distributed East to west through central and southern Africa.

Food: Small grain millet, sprouted seeds and greens. Some success with smaller meal worms in the aviary along with termites and ant eggs,

Nesting: Nests are constructed amongst thornbushes during the rain season close or at least close to its completion. Fresh stalks and grasses are used to line the nest along with a small amount of feathers.

Breeding: Cordon-bleus are very reliable breeders. With a strong supply of livefood and greens, these birds will settle and breed at any time during the year. This is also subject to temperatures and conditions (Warm and dry  environment)  During the breeding period (most importantly during the incubation period), try not to disturb the nest as they will leave the nest every time. When fledged the young will be similar in colour to the adult hen. On first molt the red-cheeked patches will start to for the males.

Sexing: Cock – Red cheeked patch on face
Hen – Hen smaller in size with no red patches on cheeks. (Juveniles will present colours similar to Hen until first molt)

Mutations: N/A


After third egg has been laid

Average clutch:

4-6 Eggs

Days to hatch:

12-14 days from incubation

Fledge date:

Generally 14 days old

Wean date:

4-6 weeks

First molt:

Age between 3 to 5 months

Sexual maturity

Adult plumage indicates maturity however not to be bred as per all finches until they reach the age of 12 months.


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