• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Red-browed Finch - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Red-browed Waxbill)
Photo by Neil
Sydney, Australia, May 2004

Alternative name: Red-browed Firetail

Neochmia temporalis


11·5 cm (4½ in)

  • Grey crown and nape
  • Wide red stripe above eye from lores to above ear-coverts


Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Yarraman State Forest, Queensland, January 2018

East coast of Australia.



There are 2 subspecies

  • N. t. minor:
  • N. t temporalis:


Graphic by Nrg800

Open forests, woodland, mangrove forests, swamps, orchards; city and town parks and gardens.



Their diet consists mostly of grass and weed seeds and the seeds from fruit and berries. They also sometimes eat insects.


They build a domed nest of grass which has an entrance at the side. The clutch consists of 4-5 white, oval eggs. Both adults share incubation and brooding by day and roost together in the nest at night.


  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 Oct 2017)
  3. Birdata.com.au - Info for Distribution Map

Recommended Citation

External Links