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.

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The Diamond Firetail is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The Diamond Firetail is one in a group of five Australian finches often referred to as firetails because of their distinctive red rump and red upper tail coverts. There are three species which occur in Victoria; Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata (south-eastern Australia including Victoria), Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella (south-eastern Australia including Victoria), Red-browed Finch (Firetail) Neochmia temporalis (south-eastern Australia including Victoria). More

Diamond Firetail at nest. Diamond Firetail at nest. Photo: Purnell Collection © Australian Museum Distribution map of Stagonopleura guttata Distribution map of Stagonopleura guttata Map © Birds Australia Birdata Did you know? During courtship, the male Diamond Firetail holds a long piece of green grass in his bill, then flies to a branch where he sits near the female and begins to bob up and down. More

established, the DIAMOND FIRETAIL is a hardy character whose courtship behaviour and nesting habits add interest to any collection. diamond3. More

The Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata is a species of estrildid finch found in eastern Australia, from Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, to south-eastern Queensland, commonly found on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Eucalypt forest and woodland and mallee country. Will inhabit farmlands and grasslands. Spends significant amount of time on the ground finding seeds and insects. Contents - * 1 Description * 1. More

Diamond FiretailFiretails can be cage or aviary bred. Better breeding results seem to come when pairs are housed seperatly since males become aggressive towards each other during breeding season. We house each pair in a 36 x 20 x 20 flight with bamboo coverage for privacy. Bird house gourds and finch nest boxes are offered for the nest. They seem to prefer the nestboxes in which they can lay deep in and hide. More

Diamond Firetails—Gems of the Australian Bush - Monday, April 19, 2010 The Following Article (in part) appears in Australian BirdKeeper Magazine Volume 23 Issue 2 (April-May 2010). Due to space constrictions we were unable to include the References which are posted here for your information: The brilliantly coloured species of firetail finch cover a broad spectrum from the most common Red-browed and Painted to the more restricted and rare Beautiful and Red-eared. More

Diamond Firetails have reportedly hybridized with a number of species including zebra finches, society finches, shaft-tail finches, and crimson finches, so take care to prevent cross-breeding if housing these species together. Breeding season - August to January in the wild. Some pairs have been reported to breed nearly year-round, only ceasing in June and July. Breeding tips - Male-female pairs will not breed unless they are compatible. More

The Diamond Firetail is one of four Firetails from Australia. It is one of the highly popular grassfinches. The Diamond Firetail is a member of the genus Emblema. "Diamond Firetail finches can become aggressive toward other species at mating time." quoting The Finch Handbook by by Christa Koepff (pg.3) - * The Diamond Firetail by Doug Gooch posted on the Toowoomba Avicultural Society website. More

The diamond firetail finch is one of the most demanding finches in aviculture and it is not a suitable finch for a beginner. Many experienced aviculturists have found it extremely hard to breed and keep this finch and I must say that I have found a lot of problems with this species too. More

A Diamond Firetail Finch captured at Dubbo zoo. Taken with a Pentax K200D Diamond Firetail Finch belongs to the following groups: I LOVE BIRDS !, #1!We Sell Art!Group© The Original (Limit 2 per day), 2-a-week, Australia – from the Outback to the Coast! (2 photos per day only please), Australia! You're Standing In it.... More

The Diamond Firetail is a robust finch that occurs across eastern Australia in which it inhabits woodlands and vegetation along creeklines. The species is now listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 as it is threatened by past clearing of woodlands and fragmentation of remaining habitat. This bird was photographed in a Snow Gum Woodland in the Monaro Region of NSW. More

Diamond Firetails such as Fawn and Silver in the original red rump form and a recessive yellow (orange) rump form. Diet: A good Firetail diet is a mixture of mixed millets and canary grass seeds available in a good finch mix. Fresh water, cuttlebone and grit should also be supplied at all times. Lettuce, Spinach, Chickweed, Spray Millet, Eggfood, Brocolli tops and Carrot tops can also be offered on a regular basis. These guys love the eggfood and sprouted seed. More

Diamond firetail - Scientific Committee determination Diamond Firetail - profile = Scientific name: Stagonopleura guttata Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable Description - The Diamond Firetail is a large (length 10 to 12 cm, weight 17 grams), striking finch with a bright red bill, and red eyes and rump. More

The Diamond Firetail is a small bird sometimes described as one of the most stunningly coloured birds of the finch family. The top of its body is ash brown with crown, forehead and neck grey. The under feathers are white with a crimson rump. There is a black band across its neck which continues down the flank to be dotted with white. The bill and eye ring are coral, and the legs and feet are dark grey. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Estrildidae
Genus : Stagonopleura
Species : guttata
Authority : (Shaw, 1796)