Featherdale Wildlife Park - Sydney Australia

Sydney’s Hands-On Wildlife Experience

Diamondfiretail

finches

Interesting information about some of the finches you will meet at Featherdale.

At Featherdale Wildlife Park we care for a wide range of Australian native species. We intend to document them in detail for your reference on our website. This is a work in progress. Please let us know if you would like to learn more about a specific species that is not yet listed and we'll add them to the top of the list.


diamond firetail finch

Stagonopleura guttata

Facts and figures

KINGDOM

Animalia

PHYLUM

Chordata

CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Passeriformes

FAMILY

Estrildidae

GENUS

Stagonopleura

SPECIES

guttata

Did you know?

  • guttatus= spotted
  • Through research it has been found that there is a strong importance in the number of white spots on a female’s flank: the more spots she has, the stronger her chances of winning food and attracting mates.

Description

Diamond Firetails are approximately 12cm in length from head to tail. Adult males have a maroon bill, with black lores. The head and upper body is grey, with a white underbody. The rump is crimson, and the chest has a thick black band that continues to the flanks, which are spotted with white.

Adult females have a coral bill and brown lores.


HABITAT

Diamond Firetails are native to South-East Australia. They inhabit a wide range of Eucalypt-dominated vegetation areas, with grassy undergrowths including woodland, forest, heaths and mallee

Double-barred Finch

Taeniopygia bichenovii

facts and figures

KINGDOM

Animalia

PHYLUM

Chordata

CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Passeriformes

FAMILY

Estrildidae

GENUS

Taeniopygia

SPECIES

bichenovii

Did you know?

  • The species name bichenovii comes from J.E. Bicheno, a naturist and official of Tasmania in the 1800’s.

Description

Double-barred Finches are a brownish-grey and white bird, with a blue-grey bill and feet. They have a white face with a black border. The wings are black, with white spotting. Their tail is black, with a white underside, and in subspecies T.b.bichenovii, the upper tail is also white. They also have two black bands; one above and one below chest. 


Habitat

Double-barred Finches are native to northern and eastern Australia. Their habitat preferences can vary from open forests, to grasslands or beside creeks. They can usually be found in tall grass and low thickets.

Gouldian Finch

Erythrura gouldiae

facts and figures

KINGDOM

Animalia

PHYLUM

Chordata

CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Passeriformes

FAMILY

Estrildidae

GENUS

Erythrura

SPECIES

gouldiae

Did you know?

  • The species name gouldiae comes from Mrs Elizabeth Gould, a natural history artist from the 1800s who married John Gould, a zoologist.
  • Gouldian Finches are a popular pet in Australia; however this had led to many birds being taken from the wild, endangering wild populations.

Description

Gouldian Finches are a striking bird, at just 14cm in length from head to tail. Males have a brilliant green back and neck, with a blue rump, deep purple chest and yellow abdomen. Three different facial colour morphs can be found- black, red and yellow. Females appear as males, but their colours are much duller by comparison. 


Habitat

Gouldian Finches are found across northern Australia, from the Kimberleys across to Cape York. They prefer open, tropical woodlands, where grassy terrains and permanent waterholes are within 2-4km.