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

To: "Gemfyre" <>
Subject: It WAS a red-eared firetail... wasn't it?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 13:10:50 +1100
Hi Belinda,
As much as I like the finches I can't answer the specifics as to what it is, but I think it would be a Red-eared Firetail. Going by finches in general, surely it is not unusual for beak colour to start to change, before it has its first moult into adult plumage. So the combination you describe makes good sense to me. Both these species are rare in captivity so the chance of "going to a spot for red-eared firetails and seeing a lone, aviary release beautiful firetail" is surely close to zero.
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