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Beautiful Firetail

(Stagonopleura bella)
Alternate name(s): "Firetail Finch", "Beautiful Firetail Finch"
Size: 11-13 cm
Weight: 12-16 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Beautiful Firetail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "bella"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eaglehawk Neck, near Hobart, TAS, September 2021]

Frontal view of a male Beautiful Firetail looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eaglehawk Neck, near Hobart, TAS, September 2021]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eaglehawk Neck, near Hobart, TAS, September 2021]

Close-up near-lateral view of a female Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eaglehawk Neck, near Hobart, TAS, September 2021]

Close-up lateral view of a female Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eaglehawk Neck, near Hobart, TAS, September 2021]

PAIR

Field guides describe that in the field the sexes of Beautiful Firetails are very difficult to tell apart. The only reliable distinguishing criterium is that males tend to have a larger black belly/vent/undertail patch than females. Some sources also state that males have a larger red rump patch than females (which we have not been able to confirm yet). The photos below show two individuals at almost identical angles.

Near-/frontal view of two Beautiful Firetails; male on the left - note the black belly patch, which is absent in the female on the right (photos courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eaglehawk Neck, near Hobart, TAS, September 2021]

The bird on the left above is greyish, while the one on the right has a more brownish head and back. This may be an effect of age or wear of the plumage, rather than a difference distinguishing the sexes.

Sex unknown

Near-dorsal view of a Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Eaglehawk Neck, near Hobart, TAS, September 2021]

Dorsal view of a Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bruny Island, TAS, March 2016]

Race "samueli"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Frontal view of a Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Lateral view of a Beautiful Firetail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Food, Diet

Adults: Seeds Dependents: Regurgitated seeds Water intake: Daily

Like all other finches known to us, Beautiful Firetails feed on seeds.

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.

beautyf_20150611.mp3 bella
(Royal NP, NSW)
? © MD

More Beautiful Firetail sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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