Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Australian Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia castanotis)


Taxonomy

French: Mandarin d’Australie German: Australzebraamadine Spanish: Diamante cebra australiano
Taxonomy:

Amadina castanotis

Gould

, 1837,

interior of New South Wales, Australia

.

Often considered conspecific with T. guttata (which see). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Most of mainland Australia.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 9·4-15·7 g. Male has top of head and upperparts grey, rump white, very long uppertail-coverts black with white bars, almost covering blackish... read more

Voice

Twelve call types described; best known are distance contact call, "nyii nyii", "tia... read more

Habitat

Grassland with scattered trees and shrubs, open sclerophyll woodland and open shrublands, generally... read more

Food and feeding

Half-ripe and ripe seeds of grasses, both native and introduced. Nestling diet almost entirely half-ripe grass seeds, rarely insects, e.g.... read more

Breeding

Timing varies with latitude, seasonal temperature and rainfall, begins a month or two after onset of rains (and timed to coincide with... read more

Movements

Mainly resident, with some seasonal movement; also nomadic, moves about over large region, and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and common throughout most of mainland Australia; absent in Cape York Peninsula (N Queensland), scarce or absent in Nullarbor Plain and... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Australian Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia castanotis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61171 on 18 November 2018).