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Also known as Lady Gouldian Finch or Rainbow Finch. This little bird is certainly one of the most beautiful finches. It comes in three main colour morphs in the wild. The Males all have a purple chest, bright yellow breast and white vent. The backs are grass green with a turquoise rump. The back of the neck is bright emerald green and the nape is also turquoise extending in a thin band around the throat. Where the colour morphs show is in the face colour. The most common being black, then red and occasionally a yellow face (shows as light orange). The tail is black with two longer filaments. The females are similar to the males but less bright in colouration.
Found in loose mixed flocks with other finches and honeyeaters in the north west of the Northern Territory of Australia. These birds were observed and photographed in a nearly dry stream bed being attracted to the few pools of fresh water in the early morning.
The main image is of a red faced male, then a black faced female and red faced male and finally red and black face males, a juv and an immature bird in the foreground. The great news for this species is that they have been up graded to Near Threatened from Endangered. Numbers in the Northern Territory seem to be stable and overall they are holding their own! Seeing these birds in the wild has always been on my bucket list and I can assure anyone who wishes to see one in the wild that they leave you breathless and are well worth the effort of early mornings and sitting in hides for hours!