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Star Finch

(Neochmia ruficauda)
Alternate name(s): "Red-faced Finch", "Red-tailed Finch"
Size: 10-12 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 Star Finch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "subclarescens"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Star Finch - note the bright colours and the extended facial mask (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

Near-frontal view of a male Star Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

Near-lateral view of a male Star Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

FEMALE

Near-lateral view of a female Star Finch shaking out its plumage after a bath (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of a female Star Finch; note the small red facial mask and the absence of white spots on the crown
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Victoria River, Judburra (Gregory) NP, near Timber Creek, NT, November 2018]

Lateral view of a female Star Finch; note the small red facial mask and the absence of white spots on the crown
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Victoria River, Judburra (Gregory) NP, near Timber Creek, NT, November 2018]

PAIR

Near-lateral view of a three Star Finches - males left and centre, female on the right (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

Family clan of Star Finches (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Timber Creek airport, Timber Creek, NT, November 2018]

Sex unknown

Frontal view from above onto a Star Finch, right, drinking water together with a Long-tailed Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Star Finch, with an adult behind (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

Close-up lateral view of a juvenile Star Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Katherine, NT, July 2020]

Close-up lateral view of a juvenile Star Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Katherine, NT, July 2020]

Close-up lateral view of a juvenile Star Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Katherine, NT, July 2020]

Food, Diet

Star Finches are seed eaters.

Family of Star Finches at a waterhole, together with juvenile Yellow-rumped Mannikins
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

3 species of finches drinking together: Juvenile Yellow-rumped Mannikins, Star Finches and a Long-tailed Finch
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

3 species of finches drinking together: Juvenile Yellow-rumped Mannikins, Star Finches and a Long-tailed Finch
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[100 km W of Timber Creek, NT, July 2020]

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