French: Mandarin d’Australie German: Australzebraamadine Spanish: Diamante cebra australiano
interior of New South Wales, Australia
Most of mainland Australia.
10·5 cm; 9·4-15·7 g. Male has top of head and upperparts grey, rump white, very long uppertail-coverts black with white bars, almost covering blackish tail; from loral area a... read more
Twelve call types described; best known are distance contact call, "nyii nyii", "tia... read more
Grassland with scattered trees and shrubs, open sclerophyll woodland and open shrublands, generally... read more
Food and feeding
Half-ripe and ripe seeds of grasses, both native and introduced. Nestling diet almost entirely half-ripe grass seeds, rarely insects, e.g.... read more
Timing varies with latitude, seasonal temperature and rainfall, begins a month or two after onset of rains (and timed to coincide with... read more
Mainly resident, with some seasonal movement; also nomadic, moves about over large region, and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common throughout most of mainland Australia; absent in Cape York Peninsula (N Queensland), scarce or absent in Nullarbor Plain and... read more
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