The Gouldian Finch is native to the northern region of Australia. It's face is usually black found in about 75% of birds. Red-faced forms make up about 25% of the population and rare yellow-faced birds occur from time to time.
Unfortunately it's bright coloration makes the Gouldian Finch a prime target for the illegal bird trade. This illegal trapping along with drastic changes to it's habitat, fire & it's susceptibility to the parasitic air-sac mite, has led to an alarming decline in numbers. The Gouldian Finch is considered an endangered species, estimating with only 2500 mature birds left in Australia's wild population. It is currently subject to a conservation program.
Taken at the Bird Kindom in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
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