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Beautiful Firetail

Stagonopleura bella


small thick-set finch with an olive-brown body and a white breast with dark fine barring. The head has a black mask with pale blue eye ring and fairly thick, red bill. The rump is crimson. The legs and feet are pink-cream. The wings are short and rounded and the tail short and square-tipped.


First one i have ever seen come into my yard in suburbia ..eating flowers on my glossy abelia shrub


It's normal feeding - The Beautiful Firetail usually feeds on the ground near cover. Grass, casuarina, melaleuca and tea tree seeds form a major part of the diet. Small insects are also eaten.

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CharliePrice 6 years ago

Thankyou so much for the nomination , i was pretty HAPPY to have this one visit ....been on my list to photograph for a long time =)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Excellent photos as usual Charlie.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Fantastic colour match - bird and the flower!

triggsturner 6 years ago

Lovely images. thank you for sharing them.

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jun 1, 2015
Submitted on Jun 3, 2015

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