PAINTED FIRETAIL FACTS
The Painted Firetail is a beautiful finch. It is brown above, and underside is black with white spots. The face and the rump are bright scarlet red. The bill is red with blue spot at base of lower mandible. The female is duller with less red on face and throat, and larger white spots on sides. Immatures have little red on the face and a brown rump.
rugged spinifex country such as gorges, rocky areas, also found in dense scrub
Feeds on the ground mainly on seeds. Also eats insects and their larvae.
Builds small globular nest with wide opening and no entrance tunnel. Nest is made of twig, roots, grasses, lined with plant down. Usually built on platform of bark in spinifex grass less than a metre above ground. Lays 3-5 white eggs.
arid regions of western Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Painted Firetail|