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Painted Finch

(Emblema pictum)
Alternate name(s): "Painted Firetail", "Painted Firetail Finch", "Emblema", "Emblema Finch", "Mountain Finch"
Aboriginal name(s): "unchurunquar"

Size: 10.5-11.5 cm
Weight: 10-12 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 Painted Finch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Painted Finch looking sideways; note the extensive red facial mask and frontal markings (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Near-lateral view of a male Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Near-lateral view of a male Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Lateral view of a male Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Lateral view of a male Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Lateral view of a male Painted Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Simpsons Gap, near Alice Springs, NT, July 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a male Painted Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Simpsons Gap, near Alice Springs, NT, July 2018]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Painted Finch; note the subdued facial mask and black front with copious white spots
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Simpsons Gap, near Alice Springs, NT, July 2018]

Near-frontal view of a female Painted Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Simpsons Gap, near Alice Springs, NT, July 2018]

Lateral view of a female Painted Finch on rocky soil (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Desert Wildlife Park, Alice Springs, NT, June 2006]

Lateral view of a female Painted Finch on rocky soil, now seen preening (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Desert Wildlife Park, Alice Springs, NT, June 2006]

PAIR

Frontal view of a pair of Painted Finches, male on the right (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Simpsons Gap, near Alice Springs, NT, July 2018]

Male, right, and female Painted Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Simpsons Gap, near Alice Springs, NT, July 2018]

Male Painted Finch, front, female at far left, in comparison with a Zebra Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Simpsons Gap, near Alice Springs, NT, July 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, QLD, June 2021]

(Near-)lateral view of 3 juvenile Painted Finches (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, QLD, June 2021]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, QLD, June 2021]

Lateral view of a juvenile Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, QLD, June 2021]

Lateral view of a juvenile Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, QLD, June 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a preening juvenile Painted Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, QLD, June 2021]

Behaviour

Painted Finches have been found by us using primarily two postures, alert and relaxed, as shown below.

Near-frontal view of a male Painted Finch in alert stance (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Near-lateral view of a male Painted Finch in alert stance (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Lateral view of a male Painted Finch in alert stance (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Near-frontal view of a male Painted Finch in relaxed stance (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Near-lateral view of a male Painted Finch in relaxed stance (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

Food, Diet

Painted Finches foraging between rocks (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Desert Wildlife Park, Alice Springs, NT, June 2006]

Lateral view of a male Painted Finch drinking water (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Isa, QLD, July 2021]

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.

pntfnch_me_20210722.m4a (W QLD) Contact calls? © ME

More Painted Finch sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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