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Crimson Chat

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About the Crimson Chat

The Crimson Chat is a small songbird native to Australia. Male Crimson Chats have brown bodies with red crowns and underparts. They also sport black eye masks and white throats. Females and juveniles are similar, with duller markings.

Crimson Chats feed on insects and spiders. They are also able to use their uniquely-adapted brush-tipped tongues to pick up seeds or feed on nectar.

Crimson Chats are social birds, nesting together in clusters and remaining in small flocks throughout the year. Like North America’s Killdeer, the Crimson Chat will fake an injury to lure predators away from their nest or vulnerable young.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 December 2010
Scientific Name Epthianura tricolor
  • Passeriformes
  • Meliphagidae
  • Epthianura
  • E. tricolor
Birdorable Family Chats & Honeyeaters
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4 to 5 inches
10 to 11 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • pustináček tříbarvý (Czech)
  • Rød Drosselsmutte (Danish)
  • Scharlaken Schijnpaapje (Dutch)
  • punataskumaluri (Finnish)
  • Epthianure tricolore (French)
  • Scharlachtrugschmätzer (German)
  • Sassicola australiana ventrerosso (Italian)
  • ベニオアストラリアヒタキ (benio-sutorariahitaki) (Japanese)
  • Karminhonningskvett (Norwegian)
  • podkasalka amarantowa (Polish)
  • Красногрудая чекановая трясогузка (Russian)
  • Eptianuro Tricolor (Spanish)