Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Red-eared Firetail (Stagonopleura oculata)


French: Diamant oculé German: Rotohramadine Spanish: Diamante orejirrojo

Fringilla oculata

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1830,

King George Sound, Western Australia


This species and S. bella sometimes placed in separate genus, Zonaeginthus. Monotypic.


SW Western Australia from Darling Range S to Manjimup and Pemberton, and E along coast to Cape Le Grand National Park and Israelite Bay.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 12–14 g. Male has lores and very narrow area around eye black, bright red patch on ear-coverts; rest of head and upperparts olive-brown to brownish-grey with... read more


Calls include loud contact or identity call, "oowee", rising in pitch, given by both sexes (female'... read more


Dense shrubby vegetation in cool, wet evergreen forest, especially with jarrah (Eucalyptus... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses, including Lepidosperma, seeds of casuarina (Casuarina); small insects, some spiders (Araneae). Feeds in... read more


Season Aug–Nov, in good years also Mar–May. Territorial; breeding pair will not tolerate another pair within 100 m. In... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in South-west Australia EBA. Uncommon. Extensive clearing of native vegetation in the past led to range contraction... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Red-eared Firetail (Stagonopleura oculata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 March 2018).