Gouldian finch

Scientific name: Chloebia gouldiae

  • Lady Gouldian finch
  • Gould’s finch
  • Rainbow finch

Upper northen Australia
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The number of Gouldian finches has decreased quite dramatically during the 20th century. Their habitat has been reduced or altered. Early research indicated a parasite called the air sac mite was responsible for the decline of the species. This is no longer considered to be a major factor. Their beautiful colours mean that they are easily caught by predators. Fires are listed as the primary threat to the natural populations.

Gouldian finches are about 125–140 mm long.