Zebra Finch

A group of Zebra finch perched in a dead tree
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Scientific Name: Taeniopygia guttata

Size: 10-11 cm

What does it look like?

The Zebra Finch is a small, predominantly grey bird, with white underparts, chestnut coloured cheeks (male), black tear-drop eye stripes, and ‘zebra-like’ barred black and white tails. The most common calls are a loud nasal ‘tiah’, often given in flight, and a soft ‘tet-tet’ in close contact.

Where is it found?

Found throughout most of the Australian mainland.

What are its habitats & habits?

By far the most numerous grassfinch is the Zebra Finch, and is generally associated with the more arid areas of Australia, although its distribution is widespread. Can form huge flocks of thousands of individuals around available water sources in the arid grasslands of Australia.

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This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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