Neochmia modesta

Neochmia modesta

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(Plum-headed Finch)

FAMILY

Passeridae

Species

Neochmia modesta

Common name

Plum-headed Finch

Main colour(s)

Brown

Distinctive feature

The claret or plum-coloured spot on the head, body brown, size 11-12.5 cm long

Campus

Townsville

Description

The head and back of this finch are brown whilst the throat and underparts are white with brown bars; the tail is black. In both sexes there is a claret or plum-coloured spot on the head above a small black eye-stripe, but only the male has a dark spot on the chin. Legs and feet are pinkish-brown, eyes dark brown to black, bill black. These gregarious birds can be occasionally seen in open woodland feeding on grass seeds. They are sometimes known as the cherry finch.