The 5th bird in our 2014 Bonanza is an Australian songbird, the Black-throated Finch! Black-throated Finches are granivorous, meaning they eat seeds and grains. They are endemic to Australia, where they are found... Read more »
The Black-throated Finch is a species of small songbird found in northeastern Australia. They are also known as Parson Finches.
Black-throated Finches feed on grass seeds and other plant seeds. They also take small prey items, like termites, especially during breeding season. They are fairly social and will often feed in groups of 30 or more birds; outside of breeding season, feeding flocks may be much larger.
The overall population trend for the Black-throated Finch is decreasing, in certain areas more than others. The decline is not rapid and as of October 2014 the conservation status for the species remains Least Concern.
Details & Statistics
The Black-throated Finch is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has been downlisted to Least Concern as, although its population is suspected to be declining, the rate of decline is no longer suspected to be moderately rapid and the species does not approach any of the other thresholds for Vulnerable under any of the Red List criteria.