Diamond Firetail

Stagonopleura guttata

Diamond Firetails prefer rough grassy woodland as a habitat, and can be found on the outskirts of the suburbs. They are much less sociable than other native finches but sometimes group together in small flocks. They do not appear to be able to cope with the suburban habitat. The 20 records are from seven sites, three of these were on the absolute outer edge of the suburbs, adjoining woodland, and the remainder were rural or semi-rural. In 11 of the 27 years of the survey there were no reports at all.

Numbers from October to January are low, probably as the birds move out to breed in adjacent woodland. Numbers are highest in August-September, probably due to birds forming flocks at that time. R= 135.