Chestnut-Breasted Mannikin
Adelaide Hills
Red-browed Firetail
Chestnut-Breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Weaver-finch (Estrildidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Chestnut-Breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)
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Thank you Brendan Duggan for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
The 2 reasons for adding this, primarily Queensland, species are that
  1. It is a quite beautiful finch
  2. It was photographed free in the Adelaide Hills.
We eventually determined it was an "Escapee" (ie held locally in captivity & then escaped). As such, we wanted to highlight that even though the books give you a locality range, it's quite possible to spot a species well outside of it's normal area (but unusual). This individual stayed around for 2 or 3 years, living happily with a flock of Red-browed Firetails.

Copyright © 2008-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-May-2008
This species is classed as Ir (Regionally Introduced)