Zebra Finch

Taeniopygia guttata

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 through most of the Australian mainland. These small, predominantly grey birds, with white underparts, chestnut coloured cheeks (male), black tear-drop eye stripes, and ‘zebra-like’ barred black and white tails, can form huge flocks of thousands of individuals around available water sources in the arid grasslands of Australia. The most common calls are a loud nasal ‘tiah’, often given in flight, and a soft ‘tet-tet’ in close contact.