Taeniopygia bichenovii (Double-barred Finch)

Estrildidae

The Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii is an Estrildid finch found in open savannah-like habitats in northern and eastern Australia. They are sometimes referred to as bicheno finches; and also as owl finches, owing to the dark ring of feathers around their faces. The call is a soft tet or a louder peew, and the song is a soft fluting.

Photo: Robert Whyte, Obi Obi Creek

Front view

Front view shows distinctive bars.

Photo: Robert Whyte, Obi Obi Creek

Hunkered down in foliage

This view shows the owl-like appearance.

Photo: Robert Whyte, Obi Obi Creek

Tiny bird

The Double-barred Finch is about 10 cm long and weighs less than 10 grams.

Photo by Glen Fergus, Brisbane licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License.