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Crimson Finch

(Neochmia phaeton)
Alternate name(s): "Blood Finch";
NB: Includes former "Pale Crimson Finch" ("White-bellied Crimson Finch")

Size: 13-14 cm
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Crimson Finch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "phaeton" (includes former race "iredalei")

ADULT

MALE

Two male Crimson Finches by the side of a waterhole (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, November 2012]

Frontal view of a moulting male Crimson Finch
[Holmes Jungle NR, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a moulting male Crimson Finch
[Holmes Jungle NR, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a male Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Lateral view of a male Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, November 2012]

Lateral view of a ragged-looking, moulting male Crimson Finch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a male Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra, WA, January 2016]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a moulting female Crimson Finch
[Holmes Jungle NR, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a female Crimson Finch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a female Crimson Finch, left, with a male on the right (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, November 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of an immature Crimson Finch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Partly obscured near-frontal view of an immature Crimson Finch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Partly obscured near-lateral view of an immature Crimson Finch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of an immature Crimson Finch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of an immature Crimson Finch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Two immature Crimson Finches
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Food, Diet

Adults: Seeds Dependents: Regurgitated seeds Water intake: Daily

Like all other finches known to us, Crimson Finches feed on seeds.

Lateral view of a female Crimson Finch taking seeds
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Two male Crimson Finches by the side of a waterhole (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, November 2012]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

crimfin_20140817.mp3 phaeton
(Top End, NT)
Contact calls © MD
crimfin_20140817_2.mp3 phaeton
(Top End, NT)
Warning calls © MD

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