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Plum-headed Finch

From Opus

Photo by Tom TarrantLake Clarendon, South East Queensland, April 2002
Photo by Tom Tarrant
Lake Clarendon, South East Queensland, April 2002
Neochmia modesta


[edit] Identification

11 cm (4ΒΌ in)

  • Reddish-brown crown and forehead
  • Brown nape, back and upper wing
  • Barred rump and upper tail-coverts

[edit] Distribution

FemalePhoto by Hans&Judy BesteIsisford, Central Queensland, Australia, May 2018
Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Isisford, Central Queensland, Australia, May 2018

Eastern Australia: (Burdekin River, Queensland to about Sydney, New South Wales)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

They are to be found in lightly timbered open grassland, wet grass near creeks and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Graphic by Nrg800
Graphic by Nrg800

Their diet consists of grass and other small seeds, with the addition of some invertebrates.

[edit] Breeding

They breed mainly from September-January in the south and August-April in Queensland.
They build a round nest using green grass, placed in thick bushes for protection. The clutch contains 4-6 pure white eggs.

[edit] References

  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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Birdata, Info for the Map

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