|Chestnut Teals Anas castanea, south coast New South Wales, females on the left, males on the right.|
The rich rusty colours on the males are the ones I'm talking about today.
|Chestnut Quail-thrush Cinclosoma castanotum near Norseman, inland southern Western Australia.|
Quail-thrushes of course are neither of these bird groups, but belong to an ill-defined family of Australian
(and possibly New Guinea) passerines.
|Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon Petrophassa rufipennis, Kakadu National Park.|
A little more about this lovely sandstone endemic here; the chestnut quills are just visible.
|Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Lonchura castaneothorax, Darwin.|
|Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapilla, a close relative of the previous species,|
though 'munia' is not much used in Australia.
|Chestnut-bellied Starling Lamprotornis pulcher, Waza NP, northern Cameroon.|
This attractive starling has a huge range across arid sub-Saharan Africa, from the Atlantic to the Red Sea.
|Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii, Guango Lodge, northern Peru.|
A gorgeously rich hummingbird from the cloud forests of the northern Andes.
|Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla, Paz de las Aves, Ecuador.|
Without the patient habituation to being fed worms by the Paz brothers, such a sighting would be almost impossible.
|Chestnut-hooded Laughing-thrush Garrulax treacheri, Kinabalu NP, Sabah.|
Not a thrush at all, but an Old World babbler.
|Chestnut-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus, Milpe Reserve, north-west of Quito, Ecuador.|
It is assumed that phaeomelanins are also responsible for such tones in bills and legs too, but
as far as I know it has never been demonstrated.
|Rufous Treecreeper Climacteris rufus, Porongorups NP, Western Australia.|
The Australian treecreepers are a very ancient passerine lineage.
|Rufous Owl Ninox rufa, Yungaburra, tropical Queensland.|
|Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons, Monga NP, New South Wales.|
A very active and attractive flycatcher of wet forests of eastern Australia and beyond.
|Rufous Whistler male Pachycephala rufiventris, near Canberra.|
A rather more washed-out rufous than most we've met so far.
|Rufous-banded Honeyeater Conopophila albogularis, Kakadu NP, Northern Territory.|
A small tropical honeyeater also found in New Guinea.
|Rufous Songlark Megalurus mathewsi, near Georgetown, north Queensland.|
Not quite as silly as it sounds - the rump is rufous, just visible here.
|Rufous Antpitta Grallaria rufula, Yanacocha Reserve, north-west of Quito, Ecuador.|
A shy resident of high altitude cloud forests.
|Rufous Motmot Baryphthengus martii, Arasha Lodge, Mindo Valley, Ecuador.|
|Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus, Buenos Aires, Argentina.|
A common ground-dwelling ovenbird in Buenos Aires parks.
|Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris, another common Buenos Aires bird.|
|Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis, Machu Picchu.|
One of the most ubiquitous and delightful South American birds, found the length and breadth
of the continent, and from sea level to the high Andes.
|Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl, Alanbi Lodge, Ecuador.|
|Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara, Chilean Patagonia.|
For now at least regarded as a cotinga.
|Rufous-crested Coquette Lophornis delattrei, Waqanki Lodge, north-eastern Peru.|
Even by hummingbird standards, this one is over the top!