Melinda and Chan Yoke Meng stumbled upon an adult Crimson-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda rhodopyga) feeding two fledglings sometime in 2014 (above).
The juveniles, as with most juveniles, were not afraid of Melinda and Yoke Meng, allowing them to approach within a metre.
These exotic waxbills were first reported in Punggol grassland in February 2011 LINK. Originating from East Africa, this common aviary species are obviously escapees.
Now that we have photographic evidence of an adult feeding fledglings, the possibility of these waxbills breeding in Singapore exists. We now need to locate their nesting sites.
Chan Yoke Meng, Melinda Chan & Lena Chow