Image: Red-browed Finch Illustration
Red-browed Finches are small birds that live in grassy areas in wet woodlands and open forests wherever there are patches of seeding grasses in the coastal areas of eastern Australia.
- Andrew Howells
- © Australian Museum
- Common name:
- A Red-browed Finch
- Scientific name:
- Neochmia temporalis
Red-browed Finches are small birds that live in grassy areas in wet woodlands and open forests wherever there are patches of seeding grasses in the coastal areas of eastern Australia. They have short, cone-shaped beaks and feet with three toes facing forwards and one toe facing backwards. They call with a high-pitched, repeated 'sseee-seee'.
Red-browed Finches search for seeds of grasses and herbs on the ground or balance on grass stalks to pick at seeds with their beak during the day. They remove the hard outer layer of the seeds and then crush the seeds with their strong beak.
Red-browed Finches build bottle-shaped nests from grass in thick bushes. They build nests with a side tunnel entrance. Females lay four to six white, oval eggs. Both parents sit on the eggs for 14 to 15 days. When the eggs hatch the chicks are helpless and without feathers. Both parents feed the chicks until they have feathers and are ready to fly in two to three weeks.
Red-browed Finches live in flocks and are often called 'Firetails', as the base of their tail is bright red and can be seen as a bright flash of red as they fly out of the grass.