Australian Chats | Crimson Chat > perched | water

The striking Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor) when not foraging or enjoying drinking and splashing around waterholes, can be sighted perched in shrubs and trees.

A songbird of the inland arid regions of Australia, the male bird in particular, cannot be missed with their bright crimson red crown, belly and rump. This is contrasted with a white throat-patch, black mask and upperparts.

A small bird the Crimson Chat has a short decurved (downward curving) bill.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Meliphagidae
  • Genus: Epthianura
  • Species: E. tricolor
  • Binomial name: Epthianura tricolor