Meet the Rainbow Finch: A Brilliantly Multicolored and Unmistakably Unique Little Bird

This brightly colored bird is unmistakable with its fur of various vivid greens, yellows, purples and blues.

Meet the rainbow finch

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The Gouldian finch (Chloebia gouldiae), also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gouldian finch or rainbow finch, is a colorful passerine bird endemic to Australia.

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Although brightly colored, females tend to be less brightly colored compared to males.

Juveniles are as distinctive as their parents: the head, sides and neck are grey, with the back, wings and tail feathers olive green.

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These impressive little birds are endemic to northern Australia, with reports scattered from the Cape York Peninsula to north-west Queensland and the Northern Territory to the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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Additionally, it is a popular caged bird, when in the wild the rainbow finch gathers in large flocks of up to 1,000 to 2,000 birds, possibly to protect itself against predation.

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Like other members of their species, these finches feed on seeds.

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Rainbow finches reach reproductive maturity just before turning one year old.

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Until 1977, this finch was captured in greater numbers than any other finch, mainly for the caged bird trade.

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This has resulted in the rainbow finch being listed as a near threatened species by the IUCN.

 

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