Zebra Finch

Zebra Finch group perching on various branches of a dead tree

What does it look and sound 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 does it live? Found throughout most of the Australian mainland.

What are its habitats and 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.

Scientific name: Taeniopygia guttata

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