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CHARACTERISTICS OF

LONG-TAILED FINCH

Family: Estrildidae Genus: Poephila Preferred Scientific Name POEPHILA acuticauda acuticauda Preferred Common Name Long-Tailed Finch Other Common Names •       Blackheart Finch •  Shaft-tail Finch Heck's Grassfinch Heck's grass finch •  Heck's finch Other Scientific Names International Common Names English:  Long-Tailed Finch Spanish: French:  Diamant à Longue Queue Local Common Names Czech Denmark: Germany: Spitzschwanzamadine Spitzschwanz-Gürtelgras- fink Italy: Pinzón de Cola Aguda Netherlands: Spitsstaartamadine USA: Status:  Size, Weight: about 17 cm Ring size:  Habitat: AUSTRALIA The supspecie Poephila acuticauda acuticauda occurs from Derby (Northern Australia) eastward through the northern part of Western Australia, the northern territory and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Leichhardt River in the western part of Northern Australia. The yellow-beaked subspecie P. acuticauda acuticauda in the north of Western Australia changes step by step into the red-beaked subspecie, going eastward. The red beak changes than from orange-red to a deep coral-red colour. General: Some characteristics of the Long- tailed finch are similar to the Black-throated finch but the body appears smaller and slender. Male: The Crown and nape are grey with a pinkish-fawn mantle. The back and wings are brown. The uppertail coverts are white and the tailfeathers black. The Long-tailed finch shows a band across the rump. Lore, chin, throat and upper chest are black and the rest of undersurface is pinkish- fawn. On each flank is a large black patch. The center of the lower abdomen and the undertail coverts are white. The beak of the subspecie P. acuticauda acuticauda is yellow and the legs and feet are bright-red. The eyes are brown. Female: Very similar in plumage to the male. The second subspecie P. acuticauda hecki is different by its variable red beak from a coral-red to orange-red colour. To keep safe each subspecie it is recommended to mate only birds with the same beak colour. Normally the Long-tailed finches breed well in captivity, but better in aviaries than in cages. They are peaceful towards other birds. If a number of pairs be kept together, they must be mated before. Number of eggs: 5 - 6 Incubation period: 12 to 13 days Nestlings leaving nest after 21 to 22 days
FURTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF FINCHES:  Black-Throated Finch Crimson Finch Double-Barred Finch (Owl Finch) Gouldian Finch • Long-Tailed Finch Masked Finch Painted Finch Plum-headed Finch Red-browed Finch Star Finch