The most common and widespread native finch of our area, the Red-browed Finch can be found where open ground meets dense, low shrubbery. Generally in flocks of about ten to thirty birds, they hop and flit across the ground in search of seeds and insects, and also forage in low branches.
They often associate with other seed-eating birds, making a particularly pretty picture with Superb Blue-wrens. A bulky bottle-shaped nest of coarse grass is built low down in a dense shrub, but they also build another, unlined, dome-shaped nest for communal roosting.
Size: 11 - 12 cm
Photo and Illustration: Mark Trinham.