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CHARACTERISTICS OF

DOUBLE-BARRED FINCH

Family: Estrildidae Genus: Poephila Preferred Scientific Name POEPHILA bichenovii bichenovii Preferred Common Name Double-barred Finch Other Common Names Double-Bar finch Owl Finch Bicheno's finch Black-rumped Double-barred Finch White-rumped Double-barred Finch Other Scientific Names Taeniopygia bichenovii Stizoptera bichenovii (Vigors/                                              Horsfield 1827) International Common Names English: Owl Finch Spanish: Diamante de Bichenov French: Diamant de Bicheno Local Common Names Czech: Germany: Ringelastrild,   Ringelamadine, Gitterflügelastrild Italy: Diamante di Bichenov Netherlands: Bichenows astrild Thailand: Bicheno USA: Status:  Size, Weight: about 8 cm Ring size:  Habitat: AUSTRALIA The specie Poephila bichenovii bichenovii occurs from Cape York Peninsula southward through Queensland into New South Wales. General: Both sexes appear quite similar with a general pale brown colour above including the crown. Characteristic of this specie are the fine barrings of dark brown, coarser towards the rump and a black band across the rump. Remainder of rump and uppertail coverts are white.The upper wings are pale brown. Remainder of wings is brownish-black and white spotted. The tailfeatherss are brownish- black to black. Lore, feathers above the eyes, cheeks, ear covert, chin and throat are white and bordered with a small black line, which widens on the forehead into a wide band. The foreneck and chest are white, slightly tinged in center, and washed with brown on sides of chest, followed by a second broad black cross band. Remainder of undersurface are white- washed faint creamy-buff. The undertail coverts are black and the beak is bluish- grey. Legs and feet are grey and the eyes dark brown. One difference is noted in the female: The bars may not be as broad as those on the male. As well the zone between the bars is whet on the male while it is a grimy white on the female. The Double-bar Finch will readily breed in scantily populated aviaries and some times also in large cages. Number of eggs: 4 - 5 Incubation period: 12 -14 days Nestlings leaving nest after 22 - 25 days