This week we are celebrating national Bird Week with this beautiful resident of the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve, the Diamond Firetail.
The Diamond Firetail loves a grassy woodland habitat and can be found in heath, grassland and farmland areas; foraging exclusively on the ground. Its presence in a habitat is a good indicator of high-quality grassland as grass seed is its primary food source. In addition to grasses, it also eats herb seeds, leaves and insects during breeding season.
Diamond Firetails are social birds that live in colonies of 5 to 40 birds depending on food availability. On average a baby will have 4 - 5 siblings and will usually remain in their nest for 24 - 25 days before fledging.
As a result of land clearing, introduced grasses competing with their food supply, and predation of their eggs, the Diamond Firetail is now listed as Near Threatened in Victoria.
We have recently released a new strategy for the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve with five action areas. Within ‘wildlife and land conservation’ we intend to replant native grasses and herbs, reconnect revegetated land with remnant vegetation, manage pests and implement a fire action plan help to ensure the Diamond Firetails that call the reserve home, thrive into the future.
Did you know as a Bank Australia customer you are a part owner in the Conservation Reserve? You can find out more about our conservation land reserve here.
If you’d like to learn more about the Diamond Firetails endangered neighbour the Red Tailed Cockatoo click here.
(Photo credit: Ian Morgan)