I hope you enjoy this gallery of Firefinches and Mannikins from my African Safaris.

Firefinch, Mannikin, Estridildae Wiki
The estrildid finches are small passerine birds of the Old World tropics and Australasia. They can be classified as the family Estrildidae (waxbills, munias and allies), or as a subfamily within the family Passeridae, which strictly defined comprises the Old World sparrows.

They are gregarious and often colonial seed eaters with short, thick, but pointed bills. They are all similar in structure and habits, but vary widely in plumage colours and patterns.

Species Photographed
Bronze Mannikin, Lonchura cucullata
Common Waxbill, Estrilda astrild

Green-winged Pytilia, Pytilia melba
Purple Grenadier, Uraeginthus ianthinogaster
Red-billed Firefinch, Lagonosticta senegala
Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Uraeginthus bengalus
Red-throated Twinspot, Hypargos niveoguttatus


Collective Noun - Firefinches and Mannikins
There is no official collective noun for the Firefinch and so I have decided that torch should be used for a group of Firefinch.

Mannikins have a great collective noun, a Display and or a Storefront are their. collective nouns

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Bronze Mannikin - KenyaPuffed Up and PerchedCommon Waxbill with nest material in KenyaGreen-winged Pytilia in KenyaRed-throated Twinspot (Female) in TanzaniaRed-throated Twinspot (Male) in TanzaniaPurple Grenadier (Male)Purple Grenadier in FlightPurple Grenadier (Female)Red-billed Firefinch (Male) in KenyaRed-billed Firefinch (Female) in KenyaRed-billed Firefinch (Female) in KenyaRed-cheeked Cordon-bleu in KenyaRed-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Female) in an AcaciaRed-cheeked Cordon-bleu(Female)Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Male)Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu in Kenya