National Geographic : 1953 Jan
+ Eyes Right! New York's Attention Turns Four African Birds' Heads Home to the Red-eared Waxbill is tropical Africa, but some members of this genus were brought to Puerto Rico, presumably on slave ships, long ago. The large round nest on the ground has a small penthouse on top, commonly called the "cock's nest." Kodachromes by Paul A. Zahl + A Lavender Finch from West Africa Reaches for a High Note "Redtail" is its nickname. Male and female look alike, except that the latter's under feathers are gray instead of black. Habits are similar to those of the red eared waxbill (above), a shy bird of marsh, thicket, and cane field.