I located the mystery birds/'finches' again yesterday and now think they are
juvenile or eclipse (didn't realise chats had eclipse plumage) Crimson
Chats. I will keep looking.
Can you help with the other posting I did today?
From: "Richard Johnson" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 10:56:18 +1000
I noted your posting on Birding-Aus 17/4/07 re a red-rumped bird seen on
Cooma Stn, NW of Eromanga.
If you’re still on the place I’d like to hear whether you re-located the
bird and what it turned out to be.
I haven’t personally seen painted finch around Eromanga (nr Betoota would
be the closest) but see no reason why a bird couldn’t turn up there, as
evidenced by Graham Turner’s sightings. They are usually on stony
hillsides with spinifex and low shrub/trees but can turn up on stony plains.
Other possibilities are: diamond firetail – probably unlikely, but I have
seen this as far west as Beechal Ck south of Cheepie, a couple of hundred km
E of you; and crimson chat, which is very often present in the area you are
in, and is often seen much further east e.g. a few around Mitchell before
If there’s any water in the vicinity of your sighting that would be a good
place to look in the morning or late afternoon as finches need to drink
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