Date:October 25, 2020

The Red-Billed Firefinch Is One Majestic Bird

There are a lot of birds that are rare or bizarre, and it’s nice to appreciate the more common species that are also beautiful. And “common” is relative depending on where you live in the world.

For example, there’s always one or two bright red cardinals trying to make their home in our back garden each year and they’re amazing and rare.


Those birds are called the Red-billed Firefinch or the Senegal Firefinch. As their name implies, their red coloring even extends to their beaks, though their under-tail and wings fade towards a dusky brown.

There is another all-red bird, in Africa, that’s incredible to see but would feel quite common to the locals. Like with many bird species, the males are the ones with bright colors, females have a pinkish-red patch between their eyes, a pink beak, and a bit of pink above their tail. The rest of their feathers are a warm golden brown.