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Beautiful Firetail

Stagonopleura bella


The Beautiful Firetail is a 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. The juveniles are duller than the adults with a smaller eye patch and a blackish bill.


The Beautiful Firetail lives in swampy grassy spots in coastal belts of dry forest, shrubby heath, tea-tree scrub, casuarinas and never far from water.

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1 Comment

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 3 years ago

What a beautiful bird! I really appreciate seeing your photos of the beautiful birds in your area Charlie!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

That first photo is sensational. A beautiful portrait of this beautiful bird.

Spotted by

Tasmania, Australia

Lat: -41.52, Long: 147.47

Spotted on Mar 2, 2016
Submitted on May 3, 2016

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