Double-barred Finch

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 December 2011
Scientific Name
Taeniopygia bichenovii
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Taeniopygia
  • T. bichenovii
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
3.9 to 4.3 inches

International Names

Czech (Cesky) astrild bělolící
Danish (Dansk) Ringastrild
Dutch (Nederlands) Bichenow-astrild
Finnish (Suomi) helmiseeprapeippo
French (Français) Diamant de Bichenov
German (Deutsch) Ringelastrild
Italian (Italiano) Diamante di Bichenow
Japanese (日本語) カノコスズメ (kanokosuzume)
Norwegian (Norsk) Ringastrild
Polish (Polski) amadynka bialolica
Russian (русский язык) Кольчатый астрильд
Spanish (Español) Pinzón de Dos Barras
Swedish (Svenska) Ringastrild
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