French: Diamant phaéton German: Schwarzbauch-Sonnenamadine Spanish: Diamante escarlata ventrinegro
Hombron and Jacquinot
Raffles Bay, Northern Territory
N Western Australia (Kimberley Division), N Northern Territory and NW, NE & E Queensland.
13 cm; 10 g. Male nominate race has forecrown dark grey fading to lighter brownish-grey on upper mantle and side of neck, rest of upperparts red to crimson, with variable... read more
Contact call or flight call a brisk, descending "tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee" or "che-... read more
Semi-arid country near dense grass or trees and shrubs. In New Guinea, bamboo, marshy grasslands... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses, including Panicum and Themeda, Chrysopogon elongatus and Tridax procumbens, also... read more
Breeds in latter half of dry season to late wet season, Sept, Nov–Dec and Feb, and birds with nesting material seen in Mar and Apr,... read more
Resident; some local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in New Guinea. Locally common in Western Australia and Northern Territory; less widespread and less numerous in Queensland. In Cape... read more
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