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Diamond Firetail

A Diamond Firetail perched on a small branch

Scientific Name: Stagonopleura guttata

Size: 10-12 cm

What does it look like?

The Diamond Firetail is a brightly coloured finch. The head is grey, while the remainder of the upperparts are greyish-brown, with the exception of the conspicuous red rump. The underparts are white, with contrasting black on the chest and flanks, the latter being heavily spotted with white. The iris and eyering are red, as is the short conical bill, and there is broad black line between the base of the bill and the front of the eye.

Where is it found?

Diamond Firetails are found through south-eastern Australia, from the Carnarvon Ranges, Queensland, to Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Diamond Firetail inhabits open grassy woodland, forest and mallee, mainly in the vicinity of watercourses.

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