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Cut-Throat Finchs live in central, Eastern Africa and South-eastern South Africa.
They forage mainly on the ground feeding on mostly grass, seeds and termites.
They can live between 8-10 years.
Hens lay a clutch of 4-6 eggs and both parents share the incubation duties for around 12-14 days. Hatchlings fledge after a month old and are continually cared for by both parents for a further 2 weeks.
About the Cut-Throat Finch
The cut-throat finch, also known as the bearded finch, is a small bird species that is found widely across Africa. As the name would suggest, these birds are often known by their plumage description, as they have a bright red band on their throats which adds to their beauty. This red band can only be found on the males as the females lack this, making it easy to differentiate between either sex.
Cut-throat finch birds inhabit high treetops and are seen in flocks that can be small or large. They are most commonly found near trees and bushes with ample water around them.
Did you know?
You can visually distinguish between males and females, as males are the only sex to retain the bright red band stretching from ear-coverts to throat, hence the name Cut-throat.