Diamond Firetail Finch
9 Comments »30th March, 2007; Category: Bird baths, Finches, Garden birds
Yesterday we were having lunch in the sunroom overlooking the bird baths in the garden. A single Diamond Firetail Finch delighted us by coming to drink several times from the bird bath. It gave me enough time to gather the camera from the office and take a few quickly snapped photos. These are the best two shots.
I was a delight to see this beautiful bird again after an absence of several months. It is widespread in our district but nowhere common. It is an infrequent visitor to our garden. I can’t add this species to the list of birds to have visited the bird bath as it has done so on several occasions before.
- Bird baths – an archive of articles about birds that have visited our garden bird baths.
- Visitors to our bird baths – lots of photos and a list of all the species to have visited our bird baths.
A top bird, Trevor, half your luck. Used to be numerous in our district but have become very rare. Could lose them during the next few years.
That is a real shame Duncan. They are a truly delightful little bird with such beautiful colours and markings. I guess they are hanging on by a thread here too – with feral cats the main enemy.
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yes the bird is becoming rare traping is the problem more than habitat destruction i no for a fact that the old timers in the area i grew up in chased them out of nest at night with a torch and netted them you only need to take 10 to 15 birds from a population and it can destroy that area of birds
i h ave now seen in my life time the double bar finch suffer the same in the same area i am trying to do my best to keep the diamond firetail around captivity maybe our only answer i make sure the birds i buy are young and rung the biggest problem is people are only into birds for the money and not for the love of birds
Thanks for stopping by, Craig, and for leaving your comments. How prevalent is bird trapping today? You never hear about anyone getting caught.
I wouldn’t have thought that this species would be attractive to trap these days anyway. They are readily available in large numbers in reputable pet shops.
firetails were once common in our district but have suffer heavily from fires in 2001,2005 and 2009 and of course clearing of there habitat does not help either, a very fortunate sighting and good shot
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