|Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella
February / March 2006
The Beautiful Firetail is distributed from the Great Dividing Range to the coast in south-east Australia and in Tasmania. It is found in dense vegetation in coastal heathlands, forest and woodland where it tends to be solitary.
|This attractive little finch has a red bill, a black mask and a pale eye-ring. The rump is bright red and the underparts, back and wings are finely barred. The immature, seen here in photos 2 and 3, is duller with a dark bill.|