The Fawn-breasted Waxbill (Estrilda paludicola) is a common species of estrildid finch found in central Africa. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,800,000 km². Estrilda paludicola, E. ochrogaster and E. poliopareia have been lumped into E. paludicola Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993).
The Fawn-breasted Waxbill is commonly found in subtropical/ tropical (lowland) wet grassland habitsts in Angola
, Central African Republic
, the Republic of Congo
, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
. However, it also inhabits dry forest and dry shrubland habitats. The status of the species is evaluated as Least Concern
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