Neochmia phaeton

Neochmia phaeton

Neochmia phaeton

(Crimson Finch)

FAMILY

Passeridae

Species

Neochmia phaeton

Common name

Crimson Finch

Main colour(s)

Grey with red

Distinctive feature

Tapering red tail, size 12-14 cm

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

This bird is grey on the top of the head and down the back, red around the cheeks and on the chin, underparts are red or fawn in colour, tail red and regularly flicks it. Often found in grass near watercourses. Legs and feet yellow, eyes yellow-brown, bill red.