Crimson Finch

Did you know?

White Bellied subspecies (Neochmia phaeton evangelinae) - listed as Vulnerable Nationally and Endangered in Queensland

Calls
Noisy flocks, brittle tinkling, loudest of all finches. Squeezing, rasping, nasal sounds ending with 3 decending notes. ra ra ra ra reee reee reee.
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
12cm
Maximum Size: 
14cm
Average size: 
13cm
Average weight: 
10g
Breeding season: 
All months except August
Clutch Size: 
4-7
Incubation: 
14 days
15 days
Nestling Period: 
21 days
24 days
Conservation Status
Associated Plants
Plants associated with this species
Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
Atlas Number: 
664
What does it look like?
Description: 

Sleek long finch with large head black/grey on top. Long red tail. Adult male bright crimson/red. With black belly, white spots along sides. Female is red faced and patches of red on wings. Shades of brown on back and chest. Red bill on male and female.

White Bellied Subspecies has white belly instead of black.

Similar species: 

Same size as Star and Masked Finch.

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

Common in Kimberley across to northern parts of Northern Territory and Gulf Country. East coast of Far North Queensland, south of Cape York.

Habitat: 

Mixed Eucalyptus woodlands, with understorey of pandanus and tall grass. Always near water, wetlands, river courses.

Seasonal movements: 

Resident, sedentary with some local movements.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

Omnivorous, mainly seeds of grasses. Insects and larvae. Occasionally flower buds and nectar.

Breeding: 

All months except August, mainly January - May. Builds bulky bottle shaped nest, sometimes with large platform at entrance. Usually in pandanus, and sometimes in tall grass, low shrubs and trees. Both sexes incubate.

Living with us

Previously lived where permanent water and food was available, now around homesteads, towns and bores, where water and food is available.

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