This tiny short-tailed bird that is unabashedly beautiful in an understated yet surprisingly exquisite way

A plump, small, short-tailed bird that is shockingly and exquisitely lovely.

The red-eared fire tail (Stagonopleura oculata), commonly known as the boorin, is a tiny grass-finch with black-barred and white-spotted plumage that is recognized by its scarlet beak.

This tiny short-tailed bird that is unabashedly beautiful in an understated yet surprisingly exquisite way

Black mask, and brilliant crimson red patch behind the eye and on the rump.

The top portions of the bird are olive-brown, while the breast is buff-brown with thin black bars.

Except during the mating season, when his coloration develops, the female closely resembles the male.

The species is found in deep forest understory vegetation, paperbark swamps, heath land, river frontage, and gullies.

Eucalyptus marginata, and riparian vegetation within or near to eucalypti forest, are the tree species of its woodland habitat.

This tiny short-tailed bird that is unabashedly beautiful in an understated yet surprisingly exquisite way

A seed-eater, the seed is collected from grasses by bending the stem within reach of the foot, then drawing the seed head through the bill before releasing it to harvest the next stem.

Taller plants’ seed is accessible by perching near to the source and immediately inserting it into the bill.

When it goes to feed on the ground, it bends the grass sheath with its foot and beak.

Individuals are paired in their first year, and this link lasts their entire lives.

The breeding season lasts from October through November, with the possibility of extending into January.

This tiny short-tailed bird that is unabashedly beautiful in an understated yet surprisingly exquisite way

The nest is meticulously weaving from grassy materials and strengthened with plant green tips, making a sturdy down facing spherical design.

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