French: Diamant modeste German: Zeresamadine Spanish: Diamante modesto
“New Holland“= interior of New South Wales, Australia
E Queensland S to E New South Wales, inland to Julia Creek, Windorah and Bourke, in E Australia.
11 cm; 11·5-13·8 g. Male has forehead and crown dark reddish-brown (plum-coloured), nape to back and upperwing brown, rump and uppertail-coverts barred brown and white,... read more
Call a single "tlip" or "tyeet", sometimes as a double note; alarm a sharp "tyait". Song begins... read more
Open woodland, scrub and thickets, tall grass and reeds along watercourses, also gardens and... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds, also small seeds of other annual plants; also some invertebrates. Feeds on the ground, and also while perched on stems of... read more
Season mainly Sept–Jan, in Queensland Aug–Apr; nestlings as late as Apr in New South Wales. Courting male carries grass in bill... read more
Resident and seasonally dispersive. In S limit of range appears mainly in summer, and vagrant W of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to scarce; occasionally very common at particular localities. Formerly more widespread and numerous in SE Queensland. Was previously... read more
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