An intense crimson chest with pearl-like flecks and a cheerfully cherry red face all combine to create a phenomenally outstanding bird

A beautiful long-tailed sparrow with a bright cherry red face and a vividly scarlet breast.

The crimson finch (Neochmia phaeton) is a tiny bird, measuring about 13 cm long and weighing around 13 g. (0.46 ounces).

An intense crimson chest with pearl-like flecks and a cheerfully cherry red face all combine to create a phenomenally outstanding bird

This bird’s most remarkable feature is his vivid crimson color.

Which is complemented by a long tail and white specks that run over the sides of his body.

There are also gray hues visible around the neck.

Both sexes, however, have similar plumage, with females having larger bills and tails.

The rich melodious voice of this bird is brilliantly accentuated in amazing form by a costume of lovely yellow!

An intense crimson chest with pearl-like flecks and a cheerfully cherry red face all combine to create a phenomenally outstanding bird

These birds are indigenous to northern Australia and you can find in portions of southern New Guinea.

Crimson finches like habitats with thick, lush grass.

These regions are usually located near wetlands with plenty of appropriate trees.

Crimson finches eat mostly grass seed.

The predominant mating strategy of this species is monogamy, with 4 to 5 breeding couples for every 100 m.

An intense crimson chest with pearl-like flecks and a cheerfully cherry red face all combine to create a phenomenally outstanding bird

These non-territory birds are content to breed near the nests of other birds.

In rivers, they make their nests near riparian plants.

Crimson finches lay enormous clutches of eggs.

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