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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
Weight: 9-10 g
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]

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

Near-frontal view of a male Crimson Finch - note how dark this individual is coloured (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, January 2018]

Near-frontal view of a male Crimson Finch during take-off (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, January 2018]

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 P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, April 2018]

Distant view of a male Crimson Finch in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Near Dripstone Cliffs, Darwin, NT, December 2017]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield, QLD, December 2018]

Near-frontal view of a female Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2017]

Near-frontal view of a female Crimson Finch, different posture (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2017]

Near-frontal view of a female Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, January 2018]

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

Near-lateral view of a female Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield, QLD, December 2018]

Lateral view of a female Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, April 2018]

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]

Near-dorsal view of a female Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2017]

Dorsal view of a female Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield, QLD, December 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Three different types of Crimson Finch plumage: Male, bottom left, juvenile centre, and female, far right
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Roseberry, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Female Crimson Finch, back, with two jvenile birds (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Roseberry, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, April 2018]

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

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Crimson Finch
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Crimson Finch; note the pale gape (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

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

Lateral view of a juvenile Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

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

Lateral view of a juvenile Crimson Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, April 2018]

Dorsal view of a juvenile 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 feeding on grass seeds
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Crimson Finch feeding on seeds (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, April 2018]

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

Lateral view of a female Crimson Finch prying loose seeds (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield, QLD, December 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a female Crimson Finch feasting on seeds (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Smithfield, QLD, December 2018]

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.m4a phaeton
(Top End, NT)
Contact calls © MD
crimfin_20140817_2.m4a phaeton
(Top End, NT)
Warning calls © MD
crimfin_pb_20180619_2.m4a phaeton
(Top End, NT)
Warning calls (mob) © PB
crimfin_pb_20180619_5.m4a phaeton
(Top End, NT)
Alarm calls (human) © PB

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