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The Gouldian Finch lives in northern Australia, living in grasslands and tropical woodlands
They feed mostly on grass seeds but will also take insects.
Females lay 4-8 eggs per clutch, laying one egg each day. Hatchlings are born with reflective blue nodules around their beaks which help parents distinguish their chicks when feeding them in the dark.
Gouldian Finchs can live up to 5 years.
About the Gouldian Finch
The Gouldian Finch is a small colourful bird native to Australia. Both males and females are brightly coloured with black, green, yellow, and red markings. However, the females tend to be less brightly coloured. One major difference between the sexes is that the male's chest is purple, while the female's is a lighter mauve. In the wild grasslands of Australia, most Gouldians have a black head and only a small percentage have a red head.
The Gouldian Finch is a social species that gather in large flocks of hundreds outside of the breeding season. During the day when the bird is most active, the dense foliage of the Eucalyptus tree provides protection from the sun. They may also come down to the ground to forage. The diet of the Gouldian finch consists of several different kinds of grass seeds throughout the year, based on availability.
Did you know?
Gouldian Finches are nearly always silent, but will occasionally release a high-pitched whistling call.