Genus Stagonopleura


Beautiful Firetail - At 10 to 13 cm long and weighing 14 g the Beautiful Firetail is a small plump bird, slightly smaller than the Diamond Firetail. Its plumage is mostly olive-brown. The white chest has a fine pattern of dark lines. The head has a black mask with pale blue rings around the eyes and a thick red beak. Its rump is a deep red, its legs and feet are creamy pink. The wings and tail are short and rounded. Juvenile birds are less colourful with a smaller face mask and a blackish beak.

Diamond Firetail - The Diamond Firetail is a finch that has a fiery red bill, eyes, and rump. Just below the throat, it has a thick black band that goes horizontally until it reaches the lower part of the wings which are also black with white spots. There is also a black eye band that starts at the beak and ends right at the eye. The bird's tail is also black. The rest of the wings are a slightly tan, light brown color. Its head and back is light gray and its belly and chin are white. The color of the egg is also white. This bird is considered one of the smallest of the finches.


Red-eared Firetail - BirdLife Species Factsheet

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Estrildidae
Genus : Stagonopleura