Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta)


French: Diamant à bavette German: Gürtelamadine Spanish: Diamante gorjinegro

Amadina cincta


, 1837,

New South Wales, Australia


Race atropygialis has been considered a distinct species on morphological grounds, but the two forms intergrade over a broad area, are nearly identical in song and display behaviour, and in mixed aviaries show no tendency for assortative mating; in breeding experiments with captives, black rump colour dominant over white, and in some offspring black rump has some white feathers. Proposed race nigrotecta (described from Chester R, in N Cape York Peninsula) is a synonym of atropygialis, which varies clinally. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. atropygialis Diggles, 1876 – Black-rumped Finch – NE Queensland (C & S Cape York Peninsula, S to SE Gulf of Carpentaria and upper Mitchell R drainage), in NE Australia.
  • P. c. cincta (Gould, 1837) – White-rumped Finch – EC Queensland S from Townsville and upper Burdekin R basin.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 12·9-17·1 g. Nominate race has forehead and anterior face whitish, grading to grey on crown, ear-coverts and nape, lores black; mantle, back and... read more


    Short contact call "tet", distance contact call a descending "peew" or... read more


    Open woodland with grass and shrub understorey, along watercourses; sometimes cultivated fields... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds of grasses Setaria sugens, Digitaria ciliaris, Stylosanthes humilis and Dactyloctenium radians,... read more


    Breeds in all months, mainly Feb–Jun in N and Sept–Jan in C & S parts of range. Nests in loose colonies, with several nests... read more


    Resident; erratic appearance in far S localities suggests some movement.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered Near Threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Has undergone moderately rapid population reduction and range... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2020). Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta). 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 on 17 February 2020).