What does it look and sound like? This is a brightly coloured finch. The head is grey, while the remainder of the upperparts are greyish-brown, with the exception of the conspicuous red rump. The underparts are white, with contrasting black on the chest and flanks, the latter being heavily spotted with white. The iris and eyering are red, as is the short conical bill, and there is broad black line between the base of the bill and the front of the eye.
What are its habitats and habits? It inhabits open grassy woodland, forest and mallee, mainly in the vicinity of watercourses.
Scientific name: Stagonopleura guttata