Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)


Taxonomy

French: Diamant à gouttelettes German: Diamantamadine Spanish: Diamante moteado
Taxonomy:

Loxia guttata

Shaw

, 1796,

New Holland = Sydney region, New South Wales, Australia

.

Has been placed in genus Emblema. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Australia from SC & SE Queensland S to SE South Australia (S to S Eyre Peninsula and, rare, Kangaroo I) and S Victoria.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 14·1-22·7 g. Male has head pale grey, lores black, mantle, back and upperwing brownish-grey, rump and uppertail-coverts red, tail black; throat and upper... read more

Voice

Call a long drawn-out penetrating "twooo-hee", first syllable rising in pitch, second... read more

Habitat

Open eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest and woodland with grassy understorey, mallee bush,... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses, also seeds of herbs, including goosefoot (Chenopodium) and wild geranium (Erodium); in breeding season... read more

Breeding

Breeds in all months except Jun and Jul, mainly in Aug/Sept–Dec/Jan. Usually in small colonies of up to c. 30 nests, with several... read more

Movements

Resident. Some short-distance movements in Victoria, where single individuals, pairs and flocks... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Uncommon; decreasing. Has undergone moderately rapid decline in numbers and reduction in density throughout... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61164 on 18 June 2018).