Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Black-bellied Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)


French: Diamant phaéton German: Schwarzbauch-Sonnenamadine Spanish: Diamante escarlata ventrinegro

Fringilla phaeton

Hombron and Jacquinot

, 1841,

Raffles Bay, Northern Territory


Hitherto treated as conspecific with N. evangelinae (which see). Proposed race albiventer (Claudie R, in NE Queensland) is a synonym. Monotypic.


N Western Australia (Kimberley Division), N Northern Territory and NW, NE & E Queensland.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 10 g. Male has forecrown dark grey fading to lighter brownish grey on upper mantle and sides of neck, rest of upperparts red to crimson, with variable amount visible... read more


Contact call or flight call a brisk, descending “tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee” or “... read more


Semi-arid country near dense grass or trees and shrubs. Found in Pandanus palms, canegrass... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses, including Panicum and Themeda, Chrysopogon elongatus and Tridax procumbens, plus... read more


Breeds in wet months, Dec–Sept (mostly Jan–Apr) in Kimberley Division and as early as Sept or Oct in Queensland. Often in loose... read more


Resident; some local movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in Western Australia and Northern Territory; less widespread and less numerous in Queensland, where local extinctions... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R., de Juana, E., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Black-bellied Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).