Fun Crimson Chat Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Feb 29, 2024 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 18, 2021
Edited by Katherine Cook
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
Here are some interesting crimson chat facts that give a description of their lifestyle.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 7.1 Min

Do you like learning about different species of birds? Then you should definitely give this article on the crimson chat a read. The crimson chat (Epthianura tricolor) is a small bird from Australia that covers a range from the west of the Great Dividing Range to the west and southern parts of Australia. Apart from the west and the southern regions, they are also found in the northern parts during winter. You can identify a crimson chat by its brown upperparts and red crown. They are quite widespread in their distribution range and you can very easily spot a crimson chat in the southern and western parts of Australia. They spend a good deal of time foraging on the ground. The parents build the nest very close to the ground and this makes the chicks vulnerable to various predators. However, the parents are quite protective and take care of the young ones until they are matured enough.

If you want to learn more about this bird and its description, keep on reading. To learn about other species, check out our articles on the hummingbird and palm warbler.

Crimson Chat Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a crimson chat?

The crimson chat is a type of bird belonging to the order Passeriformes. It is a beautiful bird with a unique tricolored plumage.

What class of animal does a crimson chat belong to?

The crimson chat belongs to the Aves class of the Animalia kingdom. It is a member of the phylum Chordata and family Meliphagidae. The genus of this tricolored bird is Epthianura and the scientific name of this species is Epthianura tricolor.

How many crimson chats are there in the world?

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN, the population trend of crimson chat birds has remained stable over the years. This bird is quite widespread and spotting a crimson chat in its habitat range is not an uncommon sight. However, the exact number of the bird currently living in this word is unknown.

Where does a crimson chat live?

These chats are endemic to Australia. They mostly prefer living in the interior parts but can be commonly spotted in the coastal areas of South Australia and Western Australia. These birds cover a great range from the Great Dividing Range to the western and south coasts of Australia. Their migration patterns are quite unpredictable. Crimson chats, generally, spend their summer season in South Australia and can be frequently spotted in the northern tropics of Australia in the winters. Their uncertain highly nomadic pattern is caused by unpredictable rain in certain areas of Australia.

What is a crimson chat's habitat?

Crimson chats are quite widespread birds in their natural habitat. Crimson chats prefer living in arid and semi-arid areas and they are found in open woodland and plains. They are also perfectly well suited to living in scrubs and grasslands.

Who do crimson chats live with?

Crimson chats live in small groups. During the breeding season, the breeding pairs are found living together. Sometimes, the breeding pairs live together throughout the year. The parents are quite protective of the young ones and stick with them until they are mature enough.

These birds are noticed to forage insects or seeds on the ground in flocks of about 30 birds. These flocks are sometimes mixed with other species of chats.

How long does a crimson chat live?

The life expectancy of the crimson chat is not known.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding season of the crimson chat bird depends on the rainfall in arid regions. Adult males and adult females form pairs that stick together for the season or throughout the year. The nests are not built extremely high and adult males and females of this species prefer to nest in low saltbush shrubs. Apart from saltbush shrubs, small trees or tall grasses are also ideal for them to nest in. Both the male and female take part in building the nest and defending it from intruders. Since the nests are not high above the ground level, they are often attacked by predators.

The clutch size of a crimson chat consists of two to four eggs and the clutch very rarely can contain five eggs. Adult males and females take an active part in incubating the eggs. The parents are quite protective of the young ones and the incubation period lasts for about 10-14 days.

What is their conservation status?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN Red List has given crimson chat the status of Least Concern. They are quite common in their distribution range. The population trend of this species has remained stable over the years and it can be assumed that there is no immediate harm to the population of this chat.

Crimson Chat Fun Facts

What do crimson chats look like?

The crimson chat (Epthianura tricolor) is a colorful, tricolor avian species from Australia. The male crimson chat has dark brown plumage and has a red crown and reddish underparts. It appears quite brightly colored with brown, red, and various markings. Male crimson chat birds look brighter near the breeding season to attract the females of this species. Females, on the other hand, are much paler compared to the males of this species. They have brown upperparts and red underparts but their markings appear to be much paler. Crimson chats have a white throat, downward curving bill, a black mask around their eyes, and thin legs. They have a tipped tongue that looks like a brush.

Crimson chat birds can be spotted on the ground very often.

How cute are they?

Like robins, crimson chats are an extremely cute species of birds. The dark brown, red, and white colors of their feathers look very attractive. Even though the females and the young ones are a bit paler, they still look quite beautiful. The black mask around the eyes, the red crown, white throat, and the brush-like tipped tongue add to their beauty. Their pointy downward curving bill also adds to their cuteness.

How do they communicate?

The territorial male near engages itself in a mournful crimson chat song near the nest. The birds use soft chirps when they are threatened or sense danger. What starts with soft calls turns into high-pitched chirps real quick. The crimson chat name comes from these agitated chattering calls.

How big is a crimson chat?

A crimson chat is about 4.3-5.1 in (11–13 cm) long. It is smaller than an average European robin.

How fast can a crimson chat fly?

The speed at which crimson chats fly is unknown.

How much does a crimson chat weigh?

The crimson chat is a small-sized bird and it weighs somewhere between 0.3-5 oz (8.5–141.7 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

A crimson chat male is referred to as a cock and a crimson chat female is referred to as hen.

What would you call a baby crimson chat?

A baby crimson chat, like babies of all other birds, is referred to as a chick.

What do they eat?

Crimson chats follow an omnivorous diet and hey mostly prey on insects and spiders. A chat of this species is a predator of insects like grasshoppers, butterflies, beetles, bugs, and ants. They have a strong beak that makes hunting for prey easier. Crimson chat birds can be very commonly seen foraging on the ground in small flocks of mixed-species birds. Apart from insects, nectar, seeds, and fruits are also a part of their diet. They feed on the nectar of the flowers of low shrubs and feed on fruits of nearby trees and shrubs.

Are they poisonous?

Crimson chat birds are not poisonous and they are in no way dangerous to humans.

Would they make a good pet?

The crimson chat is at times kept in captivity by professionals. In fact, there are records of successful breeding of this bird in captivity. However, they prefer open areas and it is not advisable to cage them.

Did you know...

Apart from crimson chat, this small bird from Australia goes by the names saltbush canary and tricoloured chat. Both saltbush canary and tricoloured chat are named after their physical features and coloration.

Do crimson chats migrate?

Groups of crimson chat migrate in a very unpredictable pattern. They mostly spend their summer in South Australia and winter in the northern parts of Australia. However, they are highly nomadic and their migration pattern depends on the rain. As rainfall in certain parts of Australia is quite unpredictable, these birds do not follow a routine migration pattern.

Are crimson chats endangered?

Spotting a crimson chat in flight or foraging on the ground is not an uncommon sight in the crimson chat range map. This bird is listed as a Least Concern species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN Red List with stable population growth. They cannot be considered Endangered species of bird.  

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these American pipit facts and whiskered treeswift facts for kids.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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