A Somewhat Plump, Finely Barred Bird, Whose Look Is Finished Off By A Spectacularly Bright Fiery Tail And Equally Bright Bill!

A mostly olive-brown bird whose look is instantly set off by its fiery red tail and equally red beak.

Meet the Beautiful Firetail

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The beautiful firetail (Stagonopleura bella) measures around 10 to 13 cm (4-5 inches) in length and weighs in at around 14 grams (1/2 0z). A relatively small plump bird with mostly olive to brown plumage, the chest is white with a fine pattern of somewhat scalloped dark lines. The head sports a rather bandit-like black mask along with pale blue eye rings finished off with a bright red bill. The rump is a fiery dark red while the leaves and feet are pale pink. The wings and tail are short and round.

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Juvenile birds are less colorful than their adult counterparts. They have black beaks and a smaller facemask.

Male birds have a black abdomen.

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The beautiful fire tail can be found in southwestern Australia where it is most common in Tasmania and surrounding offshore islands.

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These birds like to live near coastal heathland, forests, and or shrubbery, not far from water.

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Beautiful fire tales like to dine mainly on grass seed. However, snails and small insects occasionally form part of the diet.

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The breeding season for these birds runs from October through to January when a bottle-shaped nest is constructed from grass and twigs and lined with feathers, built near ground level. This nest is built by both parents within which a clutch of 5 to 8 eggs is laid and incubated for around 20 days. Both parents also feed the chicks who leave the nest after 20 days.

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This bird is regarded as of the least concern on the IUCN in red list.

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You can watch this bird right here in the video below:

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