- Arabian Waxbill
name = Arabian Waxbill
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
genus = "
species = "E. rufibarba"
binomial = "Estrilda rufibarba"
binomial_authority = (Cabanis, 1851)
The Arabian Waxbill ("Estrilda rufibarba") is a highly socialable species of
estrildid finchnative in Saudi Arabiaand Yemen. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 20,000 - 50,000 km².
Arabian Waxbill is usually found in wetter land of southern
Tihamahfoothills and the terraced slopes and Wadisof the western escarpments in Yemen. It can also be found along the south coast of Yemen east to Wadi al-Jahrand, in the extensively irrigated intensive agricultural areas of Wadi Hadramawtbetween Shibamand Tarim, usually with a dense cover of trees and bushes. The altitude of its habitats is approximately 250 to 2,600 m.
This species has become closely associated with regularly irrigated agricultural areas (especially cereal cultivation) due to its accessibility to drinking water. Modern irrigation techniques have increased the crops' yield but they also have destroyed some traditional sites through burning and land-use change, and threatening the species that requires dense waterside vegetation for communal roosting.
* [http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=8654&m=0 BirdLife Species Factsheet]
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