Painted Firetail

It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,000,000 km². It is found in semi-desert area, grassland and subtropical dry grassland. The status of the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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The Painted Firetail is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Painted Firetail, Emblema pictum, is a common species of estrildid finch found in Australia. It is also known as the Painted Finch or the Painted Firetail Finch. It is the only species in the genus Emblema. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,000,000 km². It is found in semi-desert area, grassland and subtropical (lowland) dry grassland. The status of the species is evaluated as Least Concern. More

The Painted Firetail Finch has a reputation for being rare and more difficult to breed than the more common Australian finches. In respect of it being rare the Painted Finch certainly fits that bill, with the recent survey result indicating a total of 36 birds held by seven members and with a survey response of 50.2 %, it is reasonable to believe that there are less than 100 birds held by members. More

selective breeding exercise as I have with the Painted Firetail, I can continue to gain just as much pleasure throughout the months that follow fledging as the young birds gradually reveal their eventual adult plumage. This has allowed me to access a whole new realm of enjoyment and sense of accomplishment from breeding birds which I had not previously taken as much interest in. I recommend to all finch breeders to try a similar plan with one of your favourite species. More

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Painted Firetail Finches - cock at front, hen behind. More

The Painted Firetail Finch is an outstanding subject to consider due to their non-aggressive demeanor and social nature. Due to their rarity in U.S. aviculture, hobbyists will find the purchase of these species to be costly. At the time of this writing the Painted Firetail is gaining in popularity here in the states and domestic stock is able to be located with some effort. More

My experience with the Painted Firetail in its infancy I choose the cage breeding method to better control the monitoring of the birds characteristics, nesting interests and overall breeding habits. Being ground dwellers, the breeding cages were provided with aspen shavings as the floor covering. Lava rocks and pieces of driftwood were also provided on the floor of the cage. The interior and exterior sides and front of the cage were decorated with silk greenery to necessitate a feeling of seclusion. More

Painted Firetails have the huge advantage for aviculturists being sexually dimorphic. The cocks have much brighter red faces, bellies and rumps, some individual cocks can sport red that carries down the face through the chest and into the belly, these individuals are quiet spectacular and are highly sort after. Hens have less red over their bodies, and although they have more spots, they are a little duller. More

Until recently, the painted firetail (Emblema pictum) was a rare and delicate species found in the aviaries of European aviculturists. Due to the successful breeding and selection of many diligent finch-lovers, this is no longer the case. Of course there were many frustrations following the Australian export ban, but at the end hard work paid off and nowadays painted firetails are among the most common and popular species. More

The Painted Firetail is present throughout the Australian continent, including Tasmania. The birds have a very bright color with brown upper side and red face and rump. The bottom has a black background on which to stand out in contrast to a red and a white-colored dots. The sexes are very similar to each other and differ in females and the red marks on face less prominent. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Estrildidae
Genus : Emblema
Species : pictum
Authority : Gould, 1842