• Scientific Name: Neochmia temporalis (Latham, 1802)
  • Polynesian Name: Vini (Society, Marquesas)
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Estrildidae
  • Category: Introduced Birds
  • Location: Australia (native), Society, Marquesas

Apearance and identification

Diamand à 5 couleurs4 inches. Males have their back and wings olive-green. A crimson red bar from the base of the spout, highlights the eye and extends well into the neck. The rump is crimson. The tail is grey brown, the rest of the body is light grey, with olive-green reflections on the wings. The beak is red on the sides, black above and below. The female is like the male, but the red bar that passes above the eyes is thinner. Juveniles have black beaks, crimson zones appear gradually.

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Characteristics

Native from Australia, the species was introduced in 1899 in Polynesia. It is now present almost everywhere in the Society Islands and the Marquesas.

Studyed in Australia. From December to April, builds an enclosed nest with a tunnel entrance on the side. 4-6 white eggs, 16 x 12 mm, are incubated 13 to 14 days by both sexes. The bird’s first flight takes place after the first 15 to 17 days.

Lawn, bushes and shrubs, species particularly fond in aito trees (Casuarina equisetifolia), coastal regions and large valleys. It can be found in the Marquesas in mountainous areas. Gregarious, it is often observed in groups of several dozen individuals.

« ssenn-seee » repeated and high-pitched.

Small seeds of herbaceous plants, insects.

Location

Native from Australia, the species was introduced in 1899 in Polynesia. It is now present almost everywhere in the Society Islands and the Marquesas.

Breeding

Studyed in Australia. From December to April, builds an enclosed nest with a tunnel entrance on the side. 4-6 white eggs, 16 x 12 mm, are incubated 13 to 14 days by both sexes. The bird’s first flight takes place after the first 15 to 17 days.

Habitat

Lawn, bushes and shrubs, species particularly fond in aito trees (Casuarina equisetifolia), coastal regions and large valleys. It can be found in the Marquesas in mountainous areas. Gregarious, it is often observed in groups of several dozen individuals.

Voice

« ssenn-seee » repeated and high-pitched.

Food

Small seeds of herbaceous plants, insects.

Statut et protection

Introduced in French Polynesia. It is not threatened, and does not seem to represent any danger to the Polynesian birds. However, it can potentially convey avian diseases or disseminate invasive plant seeds.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.