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The Red-browed Finch is an olive-backed Firetail with a red eyebrown, grey underparts and golden patch on the side of the neck. They are small at 11-12 cms and tend to hang out in small flocks. They like to play hide and seek in dense foliage which makes them tricky to capture.
view showing the red splotch on the finch’s tail
This Red-browed Finch belongs to the Firetails and they are even smaller than the fairy-wren coming in at 11-12 cm. They live along a narrow coastal strip down the east side of Australia and congregate in small flocks feeding on seeding grasses. They are olive-backed with distinct red eyebrow, grey underparts and a golden patch on the side of the neck. Finches move so quickly it is impossible to see patterns and colours with the naked eye and in capturing this one I ended up with a lot of photos of grass and twigs with the occasional blur of fleeing wings!
Acknowledgement: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed.