Estrildidae (Finches)


Gregarious and often colonial seed-eaters with short thick but pointed bills, similar in structure and habits, with a wide variation in plumage colours and pattern. All the Estrildids build large domed nests. Require a warm, usually tropical, habitat, although some have become adapted to cooler climates of southern Australia.


Neochmia temporalis (ESTRILDIDAE) Red-browed Firetail Finch

Most easily recognised by its bright red eyebrow, rump and beak, otherwise green and grey in grassy areas interspersed with dense understorey…

Taeniopygia bichenovii (ESTRILDIDAE) Double-barred Finch

The Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii is an Estrildid finch found in open savannah-like habitats in northern and eastern Australia. They…