White-fronted Chat
Crimson Chat
Male, back
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Honeyeater (Meliphagidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
This Photo:     Male, front

Thank you Antoni Camozzato for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We were sitting having a coffee and this bright red suddenly started bopping around on the ground in the distance.
It's a Mistletoebird ... no a Red-capped Robin ... no it's super chat

Never in our wildest dreams did we ever expect to see one of these on Ellura. However, they are found all over the country, from the coast to the deserts.
As you can see the males are a bright crimson red with a white patch on the throat and black & white streaked back; which runs around the neck through to the beak.
This is individual seemed to be on it's own and at a guess a young bird. Seems "fluffy", but it wasn't cold. The females are brown with a crimson rump; similar to mistletoebirds.

Copyright © 2018-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Oct-2018
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)