Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella
Beautiful Firetail, Barren Lands N.P., NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Australia
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.

Immature Beautiful Firetail, Spreyton Arboretum, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image 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.
Immature Beautiful Firetail, Spreyton Arboretum, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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