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Red-eared Firetail

(Stagonopleura oculata)
Alternate name(s): "Red-eared Firetail Finch", "Red-eared Finch"; Misnomer: "Zebra Finch*"
Aboriginal name(s): "boorin", "dwerdengolngani", "djiri"

Size: 11-13 cm
Weight: 12-15 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 Red-eared Firetail 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 Red-eared Firetail; note the deep scarlet patches on the ear coverts (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Balingup, WA, May 2016]

Close-up near-lateral view of a male Red-eared Firetail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Moses Rock, WA, December 2016]

Close-up lateral view of a male Red-eared Firetail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Moses Rock, WA, December 2016]

Lateral view of a male Red-eared Firetail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Balingup, WA, May 2016]

Lateral view of a male Red-eared Firetail, now seen preening (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Balingup, WA, May 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Red-eared Firetail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Moses Rock, WA, December 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Red-eared Firetail, now seen preening (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Balingup, WA, May 2016]

FEMALE

Frontal portrait of a female Red-eared Firetail; note the comparatively pale bill and patches on the ear coverts (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Moses Rock, WA, December 2016]

Clan of Red-eared Firetails in a dead shrub; the bird on the lower left is probably a female (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Moses Rock, WA, December 2016]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Sep - Jan Eggs: 4 - 6 Incubation period: 12 - 14 days Fledging age: 21 - 24 days

Usually most of the breeding is done in October/November, but it is more extended if/when two broods are brought up.

Nest building: Male & female Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Domed basket Material: Root fibres, grass stems, twigs, webs Height above ground: 2 - 15 m

Red-eared Firetail near the entrance to its nest (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Balingup, WA, May 2016]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 18 x 12 mm Colour: White Shape: Tapered oval

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