Saturday, January 9, 2016

Plum-headed Finch new for our list

09th January 2016


For the last two days we have seen Plum-headed Finches (Neochmia modesta) in the road verge grass, small native shrubs, and on a council reserve within 400m from our place. We had a good look at them two days ago, late evening and managed some blurry photos for a positive i.d.  This morning I got up early and went for a walk to see if I could find them again and manage a better photo.  I found them close to where they had been the last two days, with the Superb Blue Wren's, feeding low on grass seed.

This is the first time we have seen these birds in our area.  The Toowoomba Bird Observers have already had reports in the Toowoomba Region from the Lockyer Valley this season, however they felt it was an unusual sighting for the northern Highfields area.  Yay!  I hope they stay on.  (N.B. this is our first sighting locally of this bird, we have both only seen it previously in Texas on the QLD/NSW border in 2011 see post here).

J & B

Plum-headed Finches (Neochmia modesta)

Plum-headed Finches (Neochmia modesta)

Plum-headed Finches (Neochmia modesta)


  1. Well done. Now that you have the tick, please arrange for them to come down to the ACT!


  2. What a gorgeous little finch!


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