Taeniopygia guttata

Taeniopygia guttata

zebra finch

(Zebra finch)

FAMILY

Passeridae

Species

Taeniopygia guttata

Common name

Zebra finch

Main colour

Grey body

Distinctive feature

Wax red bill, size 10 cm

Campus

Townsville

Description

This small bird is not often seen but when it is it is usually in grassy areas feeding on grass seeds. Head and body are grey, darker in the male, rump white and black and white-barred tail. In the male there is a chestnut-coloured ear patch and on the flank a chestnut patch with white spots. Legs and feet red, eyes brown, bill red. Photograph courtesy Ian Montgomery, www.birdway.com.au