It WAS a red-eared firetail... wasn't it?

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Subject: It WAS a red-eared firetail... wasn't it?
From: "Gemfyre" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 08:37:21 +0800
On a tip off yesterday I finally managed to twitch the red-eared firetail.  A few fairy-wrens bouncing around and another bird landed on a lone stem, and it was it.
Now, this bird had no red-ear coverts, which denotes it as a juvenille.  However, it did not have the black beak of a juv., it's beak was red (tending towards orange).  This isn't pictured in any of my field guides but can someone please confirm that this is normal for the species.  For all intents and purposes in retrospect it looked just like a Beautiful firetail - an eastern species rather than a south-west endemic.  I didn't realise that the belly pattern was diagnostic and so paid absolutely no attention to it and can't recall if it was spots or stripes.  I'm assuming it was spots.  What are the chances of going to a spot for red-eared firetails and seeing a lone, aviary release beautiful firetail?
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