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Plum-headed Finch - BirdForum Opus

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


11 cm (4¼ in)

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


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

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


This is a monotypic species[1].


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



Graphic by Nrg800

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


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.


  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 May 2018)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Birdata, Info for the Map

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