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Red-browed Finch

Neochmia temporalis


The Red-browed Finch is most easily recognised by its bright red eyebrow, rump and beak, on an otherwise green and grey bird. Upperparts are olive green with grey underneath. Both sexes are similar in appearance. Often observed in small flocks, which feed on the grass. They will fly into dense undergrowth when disturbed by a passer-by. Red-browed Finches may also be called Red-browed Firetails.


Grassed area


Feeding: The Red-browed Finch feeds on seeds and insects on the ground, but sometimes perches on seeding grass heads. Breeding: The nest of the Red-browed Finch is large and domed, with a side tunnel for an entrance. It is a rough construction of twigs and grass stems built in a dense shrub between 1 and 2 metres from the ground. Both parents share nest-building, incubation of the eggs and feeding of the young when they hatch.

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SaswatMishra 7 years ago

Such a colorful species..!

sunnyjosef 8 years ago

Congrats Mac for this wonderful sotd...

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 8 years ago

Unbelievable!!! Great find.

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks to all for your comments on this SOTD

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago


DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 8 years ago

Congrats Mac for the SOTD! What about 2 for one?

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Congrats, Mac. A great SOTD. I saw some wild finches the other day, the first in years. A fave :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Too good. Congrats.

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Lovely spotting Mac! Congratulations for this well deserved SOTD!

arlanda 8 years ago


DanielePralong 8 years ago

Congrats Mac!

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Congratulations Mark! Such beautiful little birds. Lovely photos. Thank you :)

SukanyaDatta 8 years ago

Congratulations, MacChristiansen...what a colourful bird.

AshleyT 8 years ago

Congrats Mac, this colorful Red-browed Finch has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks armadeus.4 & Bob.

triggsturner 8 years ago

Brilliant images Mark. Really captured the colours on these great little birds.

armadeus.4 8 years ago

Great shots Mac! I got to see them for the very first time just recently...but my pics are not as clear or close :D Thank you for sharing :)

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QLD, Australia

Spotted on Aug 8, 2015
Submitted on Sep 3, 2015

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