A once in a million bird that resembles a Christmas angel with flames flickering from beneath his robes

A very rare bird with flames spilling from beneath its robes, resembling a Christmas angel.

A once in a million bird that resembles a Christmas angel with flames flickering from beneath his robes

This bird is a diamond fire tail (Stagonopleura guttata) that can only be reliably produced by selecting parents with the recessive genes that give rise to this almost pearl white plumage.

The diamond fire tail is a finch with a bright red bill, eyes, and rump.

It has a thick black band just below the throat that extends horizontally until it reaches the lower part of the wings, which are also black with white spots.

A once in a million bird that resembles a Christmas angel with flames flickering from beneath his robes

These birds are native to southeast Australia, ranging from Queensland’s Carnarvon Ranges to South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

They grow to 10-12 cm in length and weigh 17 grams, which is enormous when compared to the mini emu-wren, which weighs only 4 grams. It is one of three fire tail finches that are native to Australia.

The other two fire tail species are the red-eared fire tail (Stagonopleura oculata).

A once in a million bird that resembles a Christmas angel with flames flickering from beneath his robes

Which lives in Australia’s southwest, and the beautiful fire tail (Stagonopleura bella), which lives in the country’s southeast.

The beautiful fire tail can be found from Newcastle to Kangaroo Island, as well as throughout much of Tasmania. In fact, it is the only finch species found on the island.

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