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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.