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Taeniopygia guttata castanotis
This beautiful male Zebra Finch is "mainly grey, with characteristic black 'tear drop' eye stripes and 'zebra like' black and white barring on the rump and upper tail. The throat and upper breast are pale grey, with fine black barring, and there is a broad black band on upper chest. The sides of the belly are chestnut with many white spots. The remainder of the belly and the undertail are white. The male is distinguished from the female by its chestnut cheek patches, a character that gave the species the alternative name of Chestnut-eared Finch." (Birdlife Australia: https://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/zeb... ) They have red eyes and an orange bill all atop a pair of orangey/pinky legs.
Perched at his vantage point about 2-3m (6.6-9.8ft) above the bird bath. Plenty of company from Double-barred Finches (Taeniopygia bichenovii), Long-tailed Finches (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda), Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata placida), a couple of Great Bowerbirds (Chlamydera nuchalis), and a bunch of other bird species in the garden at Goombaragin on the Dampier Peninsula.
Spotted on Nov 16, 2020
Submitted on Nov 22, 2020