The Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton), one of the estrildid finches (from the family Estrildidae), is found in the northern Australia and New Guinea. The species are long-tailed, with the male of the species being brown above, dark brown-grey crown and nape, with an crimson below. They have a cherry-red face and small pale spots on the side of the chest. Their bill is bright ruby-red, with the eyes varying from red to brown and the legs and feet are brownish -ellow.

The female are duller in colour, with only a red face. They have a brown-grey crown and nape, breast and flanks (white spots on the flank) and a off-white belly. The juveniles are mostly brownish with dark bill and have a crimson tinge to the upperwings and a dull-red tail. The bill is dark brown or grey, and the eyes are dark brown.

There are two subspecies: the nominate black-bellied in Western Australia and Northern Territory, and the white-bellied neochmia phaeton evangelinae in North Queensland.

Common name
Crimson Finch, Blood Finch,

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Estrildidae
  • Genus: Neochmia
  • Species: N. phaeton
  • Binomial name: Neochmia phaeton
  • Synonyms: Fringilla phaeton