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crimson finch        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Australia has a wealth of finches; most are small seed-feeders that often have some red coloration.   This species, the crimson finch, is the 'reddest' of all, especially males.   Although not as flashy, the females are quite pretty.   These were photographed near a small puddle in a dry creekbed in Kakadu Park, Northern Territory.   Also drinking here were long-tailed, masked, and double-barred finches; the insanely bright Gouldian finch, although increasingly rare, also occurs in this region.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015)