The male sports a bright crimson crown and breast to attract the ladies while the female wears more muted colours to keep well hidden from predators when nesting.
Crimson Chat was quietly sitting there grooming his feathers and I nearly walked right past him! He kept a close eye on me while he continued his feather maintenance routine.
I cannot find him listed on the Perth Zoo website and I neglected to get a photo of the information board at the entry to the Birds of the South-west aviary. But do keep an eye out for this little guy when you visit! He has the prettiest voice to go with his stunning plumage.
Crimson ChatConservation status: Least Concern
Distribution: Inland Australia to coats in Western Australia and Southern Australia
Habitat: open woodlands, plains, scrubs, grasslands
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
Find the Crimson Chat at the Birds of the South-west aviary.
Disclaimer: I paid to go to the zoo just like everyone else. I haven't been compensated for my time in writing this post. Perth Zoo does incredible conservation work and they need every dollar they can get to continue to support our native wildlife and to continue to contribute in world wide conservation programs.