Painted Finches are often seen in flocks comprising 5 to 25 individuals, these gregarious small
birds (about 10 to 11 cm in length) can be heard noisily chattering away as they
feed on grass seeds and near water.
A true desert finch species, they are
usually found in sandplain spinifex and arid rocky range country, especially in
gorges and where pools of water can be found. Its range stretches through the
central region of Western Australia (as far west as the coastline), through
central Australia (northern South Australia and Northern Territory) and far
western region of Queensland.
The bird can be identified with crimson face, boldly spotted white on the sides of the
breast and flanks, irregular scarlet red belly stripes, brown upper part, red
rump, black-brown tail. They have a slender pointed beak with a reddish
colouration on the lower part of the beak, tinging the tip of the upper part of
the beak. The male of the species have the crimson colouration extend down from
the face to the throat and a larger crimson streak on the centre of the breast.