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Bathilda ruficauda

Neochmia ruficauda

Identification

11cm. Bright red face, olive green upperparts, beige-yellow underbelly. Tiny white star like dots cover the the crown of the head, from around the outer edge of the eyes to the cheeks and extending from the chin to the chest then down the flanks. Hens are duller grey-green with more white stars under the lower mandible and a beige belly. Both sexes have red beaks and dark eyes.

Distribution

Northern Australia.

Taxonomy

This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 3 subspecies.

Subspecies

  • B. r. subclarescens:
  • Western and Northern Australia (disjunct Shark Bay to Gulf of Carpenteria)
  • B. r. clarescens:
  • Northern Queensland (southern Cape York Peninsula)
  • B. r. ruficauda:
  • Queensland (Burdekin River to far northern New South Wales) Extinct?

Habitat

Tropical swamps, rice and sugar-cane fields, dense scrub, woodland, trees, and in tall grasses near water.

Behaviour

  • Diet: Includes white ants, half-ripe and ripe grass seeds, fruit culture flies, and during the breeding season they prefer to eat seeds, rich varieties of insects, and greens.
  • Breeding: 3-6 pure white eggs are laid and the young fledge at 21 days.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.

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