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 (see below). 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 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

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & de Juana, E. (2018). 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 22 March 2018).