Sunday, September 13, 2009

Neochmia temporalis

Red-browed Finches are prevalent here at this time of year. They can be seen in large flocks feeding on the ground or balancing delicately on the swaying tips of lomandra and other grasses.

It is said that they mate permanently. They stay close year round, preening one another and roosting together at night in roost nests, often with several others. Flock members keep in touch with constant high-pitched calling, both while feeding and flying.

They feed on a variety of ripe and half-ripe seeds of grasses and herbs, which they supplement with fruit and insects, particularly when breeding. Feeding is often broken by frequent visits to water where they drink by scooping. They build nests that are flask-shaped with tunnel a entrance on the side, sometimes only a hood. The nest is constructed of stiff green or dry grass, occasionally pieces of bark or leaves and they line it with white feathers. The nest location is mainly in bushes – often thorny- about 8m above the ground. 4-6 white eggs are incubated for
13-14 days.

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