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Male N. t temporalis:.
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

Male: red stripe ends in straight line. Femal: red stripe ends in point.


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

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