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Double-barred Finch

Double-crested Cormorant

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  • Raphus cucullatus
  • Pigeons & Doves

About the Double-barred Finch

Also known as: Owl Finch, Clown Finch, Banded Finch, Bicheno Finch, Double-banded Finch, Double-bar Finch

The Double-barred Finch is a small species of finch native to northern and eastern parts of Australia. They feed on seeds and occasionally on insects. They search for food on the ground and will feed in large flocks of up to 40 individual birds.

Double-barred finches have white underparts which are separated by two dark lines which give the species their name. Because of the dark heart-shaped outline to the face, these birds are also known as Owl Finches.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 11 December 2011
Scientific Name Taeniopygia bichenovii
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Taeniopygia
  • T. bichenovii
Birdorable Family Finches
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
3.9 to 4.3 inches
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • astrild bělolící (Czech)
  • Ringastrild (Danish)
  • Bichenow-astrild (Dutch)
  • helmiseeprapeippo (Finnish)
  • Diamant de Bichenov (French)
  • Ringelastrild (German)
  • Diamante di Bichenow (Italian)
  • カノコスズメ (kanokosuzume) (Japanese)
  • Ringastrild (Norwegian)
  • amadynka bialolica (Polish)
  • Кольчатый астрильд (Russian)
  • Pinzón de Dos Barras (Spanish)
  • Ringastrild (Swedish)

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