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CONTACTS

 

PO BOX 714, Moonah, Tas. 7009.

President; Brett Price, Phone 0408720130.

(email: president.aviculturalsocietytas@gmail.com)

Bird Steward;
Brett Cook,   Ph: 0439242743

 

MEETING DATES FOR 2016

 

MEETINGS NOW COMMENCE AT 7:30PM

Venue:- Geilston Bay Boat Club

DeBomford Lane, Geilston bay

 

TUESDAY  23rd  FEBRUARY

TUESDAY  22nd  MARCH

TUESDAY  26th  APRIL 

TUESDAY  24th  MAY

TUESDAY  28th  JUNE

TUESDAY  26th JULY

TUESDAY  23rd  AUGUST  (also AGM)

TUESDAY  27th  SEPTEMBER

TUESDAY  25th  OCTOBER

TUESDAY  22nd  NOVEMBER

NO DECEMBER MEETING

 

 

Beautiful Firetail Finch

Stagonopleura bella

The Beautiful Firetail is a species of Estrildid finch found in Australia. The only members of that group found in Tasmania.

It is 10 to 13 cm long and weighs 14g. The Beautiful firetail is a small bird, slightly smaller than a Diamond firetail. The plumage is mostly dark olive-brown, covered in fine darker-brown barring. Its rump is a dark crimson red. The tail brown with widely spaced darker bars. It has a distinctive black face mask from eye to red beak. Pale blue eye ring. The underparts are finely barred in black and white.

Endemic to South-eastern Australia (the only Estrildid finch found in Tasmania). Its range extends from Newcastle to Kangaroo Island and Tasmania where it is most prolific. It lives in coastal heathland, shrubbery and forests, but never far from running water.

The beautiful firetail is considered a resident bird, keeping close to home.