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Photo © by Mike Bouette
Mornington Station, Kimberly, Western Australia, June 2010
Stizoptera bichenovii

Taeniopygia bichenovii
Poephila bichenovii


Photo © by Ken Doy
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, April 2018

10-12cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Grey brown above
  • White below
  • Black band above and below chest
  • White face with black borders
  • Black wings with white spots
  • White or black rump according to subspecies
  • Black tail
  • Blue grey bill and legs


  • Duller, indistinct chest bars


Australia: found in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia .


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 2 subspecies.


  • S. b. annulosa:
  • S. b. bichenovii:
  • Eastern Australia (Cape York Peninsula to eastern Victoria)


Dry grassy woodlands, scrub, and farmlands, near water.



The diet includes seeds and insects.


The nest is round and has a side entrance and short tunnel which leads to an inner chamber, lined with fine grass, feathers and plant down. The 4-7 eggs are incubated for 14 days. Both adults tend the eggs and feed the young, which fledge after about 21 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birds in Backyards

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