French: Diamant masqué German: Maskenamadine Spanish: Diamante enmascarado
interior from Port Essington = Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. personata
Gould, 1842 – Masked Finch – Western Australia (from Kimberley Division) E to NW Queensland (SE Gulf of Carpentaria at lower Nicholson R).
P. p. leucotis
Gould, 1847 – White-eared Finch – N Queensland from Cape York Peninsula S to SE Gulf of Carpentaria (lower Norman R) and, in E, to Cairns area.
13 cm; 10·5-17 g. Nominate race has crown to back and upperwing brown, rump and uppertail-coverts white, long pointed tail black; forehead and lores to upper throat... read more
Distance contact call a loud "tiat"; soft contact call a soft "twat, twat"; nest call high-pitched... read more
Open woodland with good cover of small scrub and grass, on open grassy plains with a few bushes.
Food and feeding
Grass seeds, both ripe and half-ripe, especially of Sorghum; also some invertebrates, especially during breeding season. Nestling... read more
Breeding after end of wet season, Feb–Jun in Western Australia (Kimberley), Nov–Jul in Northern Territory and Apr and Aug in... read more
Resident, with some local movement; a few ringing recoveries at 10–100 km. In dry seasons... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread in much of N Australia; common to locally common. In N Northern Territory, recorded densities of 0·23 birds/ha at Yinberrie Hills (NW of... read more
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