Gouldian Finch

Gouldian Finch, Adelaide Zoo, South Australia

Gouldian Finch, Adelaide Zoo, South Australia

The Gouldian Finch of northern Australia is one of our more spectacularly coloured bird species. Sadly, it is one species I have yet to see in its natural environment. (The photo above was taken through the wire netting of an aviary at the Adelaide Zoo.)

Gouldian Finches are unusual in that their heads are usually black, but about a quarter of them are red with a few being yellow. Both males and females show this colour variation.

Finches are very popular cage birds both here and overseas. The Gouldians are much prized aviary birds, probably due to their stunning colours.

Being predominantly seed eaters, Gouldian Finches are found in grasslands, open scrublands and spinifex country. Due to disease and seasonal burning of their habitats, this species has endangered status.

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5 Responses to “Gouldian Finch”

  1. Eileen says:

    What a pretty bird! I would love to see them make a come back and not be on the endangered list.

  2. shahram says:

    hello. my name Is shahram firuzi. I am from shiraz iran. I went throvgh your web site. I need some vidio of birds (goldian finch), I realy appretiate If you send me some vidios. looking forward to your reply. thank you. shahram firuzi.

  3. Trevor says:

    Thanks for your comments Eileen.

  4. Trevor says:

    Hi there Shahram,

    I am sorry but I do not have a video camera and do not post videos of birds online.

    You can watch a video online here


  5. John K. says:

    Hi there!

    I think that the Gouldian Finches is a very pretty bird, great picture you got there. You can easily tell some of the different species of the color of the head. I’ve got an article on them here: http://www.finchtips.com/gouldian-finches/

    Happy “finching”

    John K.

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