Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Crimson Finch (Neochmia evangelinae)


French: Diamant à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Sonnenamadine Spanish: Diamante escarlata ventriblanco

Neochmia evangelinae

D’Albertis and Salvadori

, 1879,

Fly River, 160 miles [c. 260 km], New Guinea


Hitherto treated as conspecific with N. phaeton, but differs in its paler coloration overall (1); narrow pale blue strip along base of bill#R (1); (in male) white vs black belly and vent (3); and considerably shorter tail (effect size for males based on published data#R, although n=8 for evangelinae, −2.98; score 2). Monotypic.

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S New Guinea (Trans-Fly region) and extreme NE Australia (W Cape York Peninsula); recent records from the N coast of New Guinea (Sentani, Nimbokrang) of uncertain origin#R.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; c. 8–10 g. Male has forecrown to nape, hindneck and sides of neck mid-grey; upperparts crimson to brownish red, feathers with variably visible greyish and sandy... read more


Song a short series of low rough-sounding notes terminating with a descending treble note. Calls... read more


Inhabits reeds and tall grass by water, and marshy and grassy savannas, bamboo stands, also rice... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, mainly of grasses (especially Panicum); also takes spiders (Araneae) and some insects; may take green algae from shallow... read more


Breeds in latter half of dry season to late wet season, Sept, Nov–Dec and Feb, and birds with nesting material seen in Mar and Apr, in New... read more


Resident; some local movements possible.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon. This species’ population is believed to be reasonably stable as there is no evidence for any declines in its numbers or any... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). White-bellied Crimson Finch (Neochmia evangelinae). 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 26 January 2020).