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Gouldian Finch (juvenile black-headed male)

Erythrura gouldiae


This youngster is still getting his black head colouring. Gouldian Finches "are small birds, with a bright green back, yellow belly and a purple breast. The facial colour is usually black, and is found in about 75% of the birds. [...] The upper bill is blackish and the lower bill is pinkish white. The end of the beak is tipped with red." ( )


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.


The status of these stunning little birds is Listed as Endangered (under EPBC Act 1999) and as Near Threatened (Under IUCN Red List). This site has some interesting reading - ( ) An interesting article from ABC: (

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Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia, Australia

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

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