French: Diamant à cinq couleurs German: Dornamadine Spanish: Diamante cejirrojo
Other common names:
“New Holland“=Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
N. t. minor
(A. J. Campbell, 1901) – NE Queensland (Cape York Peninsula S to Atherton Tableland).
N. t. temporalis
(Latham, 1801) – coastal Queensland (from S of Cooktown) S, inland to W slopes of Great Dividing Range, to Victoria and South Australia (W to Mt Lofty Ranges and Kangaroo I).
11·5 cm; 8·4-14·6 g. Nominate race has crown and nape grey, broad red stripe above eye from lores to above ear-coverts, greenish-yellow patch on lower... read more
Call a high-pitched piercing "ssitt-ssitt" or "ssee-ssee"; song in courtship or... read more
Open forest, woodland, mangroves, swamps, orchards and gardens, parks in towns and cities; near... read more
Food and feeding
Small seeds of grasses and weeds; also seeds of fruit and berries, occasionally small insects. Nestling diet initially insects, older... read more
Recorded in all months: seasonal, Dec–Apr, in tropical N Australia, Jul–Aug in New South Wales (near Sydney) and Oct–Nov... read more
Mainly resident. Some seasonal differences at some localities, with local movement outside breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common. Recorded densities of 0·02-0·11 birds/ha in Queensland, 0·08-2 birds/ha in New South Wales, and 0·29-3·41 birds/ha in... read more
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