Fun Facts

Gouldian Finches come in three colour varieties through genetic variation, similar to how humans can have different eye colours. Black faced birds are the most common (75%), followed by red faced birds (25%) and there are also very rare yellow faced birds (only 1 in 3,000). 

Gouldian Finches are very social. Outside the breeding season, they often join mixed flocks that may have between 1,000-2,000 birds.

These finches feed almost entirely on grass seeds, except during the breeding season when they eat mostly insects. The higher protein from insects helps satisfy the demanding appetite of the young birds… sound familiar?

Unlike many birds, Gouldian Finches are generally silent, but from time to time make a high-pitched whistling 'ssitt', and occasionally trills, soft chirps, and hisses.

In December 2021 the IUCN Red List revised the classification of Gouldian Finches from Threatened to Least Concern, they were formerly Endangered. Source: BirdLife International. 2022. Chloebia gouldiae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022: e.T22719744A211561819. Accessed on 28 July 2023.