Red-browed Finch

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Habitat: Grassland


The Red-browed Finch is found in grassy areas interspersed with dense understorey vegetation, often along creek lines.


Its preference for open grassy areas surrounded by dense shrubbery enables the Red-browed Finch to survive well in weedy areas along railway tracks and creek lines, where seeding grasses escape the lawnmower. It may also benefit from bird feeders, provided the seeds are small and larger competitors are excluded.


The Red-browed Finch feeds on seeds and insects on the ground, but sometimes perches on seeding grass heads.


The nest of the Red-browed Finch is large and domed, with a side tunnel for an entrance. It is a rough construction of twigs and grass stems built in a dense shrub between 1 and 2 metres from the ground. Both parents share nest-building, incubation of the eggs and feeding of the young when they hatch.