Birds by Name – O
This rather cute member of the Finch family is the Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Estrilda melpoda, a native of western and central Africa. Adults have quite a bright orange cheek, juveniles tend to be a bit duller.
The Orange-cheeked Waxbill mainly eats seeds, grass seeds in particular, except in the breeding season when it also partakes of small insects such as gnats and termites.
Nests are often built quite low down or even on the ground and three to six small, white eggs are usually laid.
Species: E. melpoda
The Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus, is a large, quite stocky, black and white wading bird with a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs.
In flight, it shows a wide white wing-stripe, a black tail, and a white rump that extends as a ‘V’ between the wings.
The Oystercatcher eats cockles and mussels on the coast and worms inland.