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Photo © by micktodd
Santos, SW Queensland, Australia, September 2004
Epthianura tricolor


11–13 cm (4¼-5 in)
Red upper-tail coverts

  • Brown upperparts
  • Red crown
  • Red below
  • Black eye mask
  • White throat
  • Long thin legs
  • Down-curved bill

Female and Juvenile

  • Similar to male, but markings are paler


Photo © by Ken Doy
Outback, Queensland, Australia, June 2016

Endemic to Australia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Found mainly in the central deserts and grasslands, dry bushland, spinifex and mulga scrub and coastal shrubland.


Highly irruptive and nomadic.


The diet includes beetles, spiders, bugs and ants, as well as seeds and nectar.


The cup shaped nest is built by both adults from grass, hair, twigs and feathers. The clutch consists of 2-5 pink and white eggs which have brownish-red spots. They are incubated by both parents for 14 days. The young fledge 14 days later.


Calls: dik it - dik; high pitched whistled see.
The alarm is check-check.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2016)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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