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Poephila acuticauda acuticauda
These beautiful Finches are named for their long tails that taper to a a long, fine point. The ssp acuticauda adults have yellow bills and bright red legs that stand out against their cinnamon coloured bodies. Their heads are a light blue/grey colour and they have a prominent black throat patch.
This pair of little Finches were checking out our campfire which is on the bank of the river that wasn't flowing (pic 5). This river leads to the top of Adcock Gorge.
These photos were taken on Ngarinyin Country in the Kimberley, Western Australia. In Ngarinyin language, this bird is known as Wirrirri jirri. Elder M. Martin tells the following story: Wirrirri jirri are the little stars in the Milky Way - p195, Birds by the Ungarinyin (Ngarinyin), Worrorra and Wunambal Gaambera People of Mowanjum Community.