DE: Sonnenastrild, NL: Zonamadine (Zonastrilde), FR: Diamant phaéton, ES: Pinzón Carmesí,
IT: Diamante rosso, PT: Diamante carmim, DK: Solastrild, SW: Solastrild, NO:Solastrild,
FI: Punatuliperä, PL: Krasnogonek szkarlatny, CZ: Astrild rubínový, HU: Napasztrild
Neochmia phaeton phaeton
Neochmia p. iredalei
Neochmia p. evangelinae
Neochmia p. albiventer
Origin: Australia: Kimberley, Arnhemland, Queensland, Cape York and New Guinea
Length: 11-14 cm
Food: The staple food of the Crimson Finch are the seeds of cane grass, Chionachne cyathopoda. In addition they eat seeds of sedge, bamboo and pandanus, picking them from the plants or from the ground. Furthermore, they regularly eat insects, mainly termites. During the time they are raising their young, animal protein is indispensable.
Black-bellied Crimson Finches live solitarily, only forming pairs during the breeding season. They are strict loners; at best, they briefly tolerate each other’s presence when gathering food or drinking. White-bellied Crimson Finches can sometimes be observed in flights of several dozens, often together with other Australian finches or munias.