I was in Girraween NP, SE Qld on Monday and got this photo of a finch or mannikin
Any ID help would be appreciated
it seems to have a mannikins beak but my search couldn't help with anything definate although there was a reference how 2 different types of Mannikin have been known to inter-breed and create variations, but there are folks here who will be much more qualified than me. Sorry can't help further.
I'd agree with Shane - it's most likely a mannikin of some sort, and probably a juvenile.
Perhaps a juvenile chestnut-breasted mannikin or diamond firetail?
I didn't see any other Chestnut-brested Mannikins or Diamond Firetails
but I did see plenty of Red-browed Finches
the bit of olive colouring on it has me thinking red-browed finch, but normally the red stands out more so and the dark bill on yours when the red-browed finch has a red one. Maybe the lighting has made things look different, but I still don't know. I will include a photo of a red-browed finch and see if it triggers any clues.
the closest match I can find is the juvenile Red-browed Finch, and after blowing up your photo there seems to be a small dark red patch near the eye.
thanks for the suggestions
I will attach my photo of a juvenile Red-browed Finch
my impression at the time was of a bigger bird but there were plenty others around at the time
after viewing your photo of the juvenile, i think your bird does look bigger, but it certainly looks to have a Mannikin/Finch type of beak. So I will have to sit on the fence with this one.
p.s. you do seem to get around a bit
thanks for the comment Shane
my house is on the Redcliffe Peninsula, SE Qld and I have been working for 6+ years in Northern Rivers NSW so that has given me more opportunities for birding
at the moment I am between jobs and therefore taking advantage of the free time to increase my birding list
in October last year I had the opporutntity to go to USA on a study tour and took my camera with me