Star finches are an Australian species that inhabits grasslands and wetlands. They feed on mainly seeds but also eat insects. Although their population is declining, principally due to overgrazing by domestic livestock, they are not yet considered to be a threatened species.
They are a popular cage bird due to their peaceful nature and attractive markings. The sexes are similar but the male has a larger red mask.
Our star finches can be seen in our Australian finch aviary, where the Gouldian finch chicks that I wrote about recently have now left the nest and are starting to feed themsleves.