male; purple underparts, face, and tail (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

Purple Grenadier
Uraeginthus ianthinogaster

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a lovely waxbill in which the male has an unusual and mostly bright purple plumage; strong sexual dimorphism.

frontal view; red bill; cinnamon crown and nape (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

red ring around the eye; breast flecked with cinnamon (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

throat cinnamon (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

female; mostly cinnamon plumage overall (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

female; still has red bill and red-and-blue eye ring (Zoo; 2012-09-19)