Red-browed Finch (species: Neochmia temporalis) in Mares Forest NP (Gaia Guide)
Neochmia temporalis
Red-browed Finch

©Charlie: Red-browed Finch at Bulahdelah

©Leo: Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis)

©Arthur Chapman: Red-browed Finches (Neochmia temporalis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Estrildidae
Genus Neochmia
Species Neochmia temporalis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The species is distinguished by the bright red stripe above the eye, and bright red rump. The rest of the body is grey, with olive wing coverts and collar.

Juveniles do not have red brow marks, and lack olive colouration on the collar and wing coverts.

There are three noted subspecies: the nominate species N. temporalis temporalis, in most of the east coast, and inland New South Wales and Victoria; N. temporalis minor, which is distinguished by a white breast, in northern Queensland, and south-east of Australia, and N. temporalis loftyi in the south west corner of South Australia, although the latter is sometimes not listed as a subspecies, as the differences between it and the type species are relatively minor. (Wikipedia)


  • From 11 cm to 12 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is commonly found in temperate forest and dry savanna habitats. It may also be found in dry forest and mangrove habitats in tropical region. (Wikipedia)


It is a seed eater, living mostly on grass and sedge seed, but will happily feed on many non-native seeds. (Wikipedia)

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