French: Diamant à queue rousse German: Binsenamadine Spanish: Diamante colirrojo
“New Holland“= interior of New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
N. r. clarescens
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1899) – N Western Australia (S to Gascoyne R and lower Fitzroy drainage) E to N Northern Territory (S to middle Victoria R and middle McArthur R) and N Queensland (Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York Peninsula).
N. r. ruficauda
(Gould, 1837) – WC & coastal E Queensland.
11·5 cm; 8·5-13·8 g (clarescens). Male nominate race has forecrown, lores and face to upper throat red, white dots above eye and on cheek; rear crown and nape... read more
Call a loud or penetrating "ssit" or "seet"; also a contact call, "tlit" or "psit", and rapid high-... read more
Damp grassland and sedge (Cyperaceae) areas with scattered shrubs or trees, tall grass and rushes (... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds; also insects and other small invertebrates. Takes half-ripe and ripening grains of annual grasses, especially sorghum (... read more
Breeds immediately before and during wet months; eggs recorded in Feb–May and Sept, and nestlings in May–Jun and Aug. Nests in... read more
Resident. Local dispersal, with sporadic and irregular occurrence, and short-term absence from more... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Locally common to rare. Estimated global population c. 205,000 breeding individuals, of which nominate race no... read more
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