Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)


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

Loxia guttata


, 1796,

New Holland = Sydney region, New South Wales, Australia


Has been placed in genus Emblema. Monotypic.


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 28 January 2020).