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Long-tailed Finch (adult & juvenile)

Poephila acuticauda acuticauda


These beautiful Finches are named for their long tails that taper to a a long, fine point. The Western ssp acuticauda adults have yellow bills (eastern P. acuticauda hecki is red) and bright red legs that stand out against their cinnamon coloured bodies. Their heads are a light blue/grey colour and they have a prominent black throat patch. Juveniles have black beaks and shorter tail feathers.


This adult and juvenile are hanging onto the side of a tree near the bird bath. Plenty of company from Double-barred Finches (Taeniopygia bichenovii), Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata castanotis), 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.

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Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Nov 17, 2020
Submitted on Nov 22, 2020

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