French: Diamant à poitrine blanche German: Weißbrustnonne Spanish: Diamante pectoral
Other common names:
Derby, north Western Australia
N Australia from N Western Australia (the Kimberleys) E to Northern Territory and NC Queensland (S coast of Gulf of Carpentaria S to Mt Isa and Homestead, E to Georgetown).
12 cm; 13–18 g. Small, stocky finch with long, robust conical bill. Male has crown and upperparts light brownish-grey, slightly darker grey-brown on wings and darker... read more
Call is a single "chip" or "pik"; flocks in flight tend to give a rain of calls... read more
Grassy dry woodlands, open grassy flats, long grass in swamps and along watercourses, marshes with... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of standing grass, also seeds of weeds, rice; recorded foods include seeds of Echinochloa colonum, Chloris virgata... read more
Season Feb–May in Western Australia and Feb–Mar in Northern Territory. In "serious" courtship, male holds a stem in... read more
Nomadic or irruptive, occurring locally in all seasons in some years. Generally moves inland in wet... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Near-threatened. Not well known; locally common within fragmented range. In Western Australia mainly in Kimberley Division, where... read more
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