The way the powder-blue mixes with his yellowish underpants makes for a beautifully subtle cordon-bleu of contrasts

The Southern Corden-bleu is so named because the powder-blue chest contrasts beautifully.

With the yellowish underpants and pale brown back, creating a cordon-bleu of color.

The way the powder-blue mixes with his yellowish underpants makes for a beautifully subtle cordon-bleu of contrasts

The southern blue wax bill (Uraeginthus angolensis) is also known as the blue-breasted waybill or southern cordon-bleu.

Powder blue cheeks, throat, breast, and flanks distinguish the male.

The underparts are pale brown, with a yellowish buff on occasion. The upper parts are all brown.

The female is paler overall than the male, with blue only on the rump, tail, head, and upper breast.

The Blue wax bill can be found in Southern Africa, from the Congo to Kenya and Tanzania in the east to northern South Africa.

The way the powder-blue mixes with his yellowish underpants makes for a beautifully subtle cordon-bleu of contrasts

This species is also found on the islands of So Tomé and Pribilof, and it is thought to have been introduced to Zanzibar.

This bird feeds on grass seed, termites, and other insects in these habitats.

They’ve also been observed eating the fallen fruits of Boscia albitrunca.

Breeding occurs all year for this species.

Egg-laying, on the other hand, typically peaks in January.

Both males and females build a plant-based nest with a tunnel leading in on one side.

The way the powder-blue mixes with his yellowish underpants makes for a beautifully subtle cordon-bleu of contrasts

The nest is constructed on or in a bush or tree. These birds will sometimes use an old nest of another species.

The female will lay 2-7 eggs, with both sexes incubating them for 11-12 days.

Both parents feed the chicks until they are fully fledged, which takes about 17-21 days.

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