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AUSTRALIAN FINCHES
Diamond Firetail Finch - Stagonopleura guttata, Blue-Faced Parrotfinch - Erythrura trichroa, & Long-Tailed Finch - Poephila acuticauda

Range:
Dimaond Firetail: Coastal regions of Southern Queensland, eastern half of New South Wales, Victoria and South-eastern Australia. (Through to Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island)
Blue-Faced: North east Australia (Eastern part of Cape York Peninsula) The birds also inhabit the Indo-pacific region (New Guinea, Moluccan Islands, etc)
Long-Tailed: Northern Australia. (From Broome through to Cape York Peninsula)

The Australian finch belongs to the family of birds known as Estrildidae. They are small, native, grass seed eating birds whose popularity as captive birds is only exceeded by the budgerigar, or "budgie," also native to Australia. Although finches are not unique to Australia, it is the Australian finch species that have become most popular among breeders around the world.

Their distinctive color, lively behavior and quiet song made Australian finches very popular with bird fanciers from a very early period in Australian history. It is believed that wild finches were caught soon after settlement in Australia and during the early 1800's the first finches were exported to England and Europe.



Habitat: Trees and shrubs near open grasslands. Some can also be found in rainforests.
Diet: Seeds of grasses and fleshy plants
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: Approx. 4 inches
Lifespan: 3-4 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: 4-7 eggs are typically laid at a time and incubated for 14 days. Both of the parents share the nest-building and incubation responsibilities.

 

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