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... read more
Call a single "tlip" or "tyeet", sometimes as a double note; alarm a sharp... 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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