IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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The Gouldian finch is an extremely attractive and strikingly coloured bird. It has a grass-green upper body from the lower nape to the back and wings, a pale blue rump and a purple breast (2). The belly is bright yellow, and the bill is whitish, with a curious red tip (4). There are three distinct colour variations on the heads of these finches; red, black and yellow. These variations were thought to distinguish three separate species, though it is now known that all three colour variations occur randomly, and are found intermixed in the same geographical area (3). These splashes of colour determine the common names of this species; the red-headed, black-headed and yellow-headed Gouldian finch (3).  Like many finches, this elegant bird has two tail feathers which are long and end in a point (3). Females are less brightly coloured than males, and juveniles are also recognizable by their different colouration. They have ash-grey heads, sides and necks, and olive-green backs, wings and tail feathers (3). As they mature they develop adult colours (3).

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