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Bird Taeniopygia guttata (Zebra Finch)


Ludwig Leichhardt
Sep 13, 2011
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Ironbark, SEQ
Common Name: Zebra Finch

Scientific name: Taeniopygia guttata

Family: Passeridae

Order: Passeriformes

Other Names: not known

Distribution: Ranges over most of the Australian mainland except the cool moist south and the tropical far north.

Habitat: In grasslands and forests, usually close to water.

Field Notes: Ground dwelling, seed eating finch, adults about 10 centimetres long.
Predominately grey, males usually have bright orange cheek feathers and red beaks, females have orange beaks. The orange cheek feathers in males may fade.
Males also have black barring on the chest.
Usually found in small flocks of several pairs, sometimes flocks of hundreds and sometimes in mixed flocks with Double-Bar finches.
Keept in captivity world wide as pets and in labs as experimental subjects.

Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_Finch

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Female, Kingaroy, Aug 2012
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