Above is a Gouldian finch chick from a nest in our Australian finch aviary. The blue spots on the chick’s beak show up in the dark nest cavities and help the adults to feed the chick.
They inhabit the arid regions of Northern Australia where their population has dramatically declined leaving them listed as a near-threatened species.
In the wild these amazingly coloured birds are found in three colour forms: black-headed, red-headed and yellow-headed, all of which have purple breasts. In captivity breeders have developed a wide range of colour variations. Unusually, both sexes are vividly marked, although the male’s plumage is brighter.