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Zebra Finch

Taeniopygia guttata


Male:- Grey head, plain grey-brown back and wings, rump white. Tail and side coverts barred black and white. White face, with black tear-marks, cheeks rusty. Throat and upper breast pale grey barred finely black, flanks russet spotted white, white belly and under tail. Eye, bill and feet orange-red. Female:- As male but cheeks, throat, breast and flanks plain grey-white. Bill paler. Immatures:- As female but eye grey-brown, bill black, grey feet.


All dry wooded grasslands and backyards.These little blokes have Cottoneaster and Ti-trees that they inhabit around my backyard and are often joined by English Sparrows and Double-barred Finch.

Notes: (Zebra finch) This little family have popped in and out of my backyard, for a pick at the seeds and a drink from the birdbath. The loud nasal or brassy twanging, plus the tiarr, or the abrupt tet, tet, is a pleasant heralding of their presence. I get the opportunity to sit back, relax and watch these little birdlife wonders. Maybe the little video isn't the greatest but I did so enjoy watching dad feed bub, while mum looked on. These parents are very protective - always on high alert for predators and being aware constantly of where baby's at. Both parents incubate the eggs and rear the young. The males colouring and patterns always amaze me - so much, on so little. Photos are edited and also taken on 06/05/2018 and 22/07/2018. References :- Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds and Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds.

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Single D
Single D 4 years ago

Thanks to others who have appreciated this spotting.

Single D
Single D 4 years ago

Thank you AntónioGinjaGinja for nominating and appreciating my spotting.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Congrats on your nomination, Single D. I love finches, but don't see them in Brisbane. Lots down on the granite bet though. Zebra finches are a fave :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Fabulous spotting SD. I love to watch these in their natural environment. They have become pets all over the planet unfortunately.

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Single D
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Single D

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jul 2, 2019
Submitted on Jul 3, 2019

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