Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)


French: Diamant de Bicheno German: Ringelamadine Spanish: Diamante de Bicheno

Fringilla Bichenovii

Vigors and Horsfield

, 1827,

Shoalwater Bay and Broad Sound, southern Queensland, Australia


Sometimes separated in a monotypic genus, Stizoptera. Races intergrade in region S of Gulf of Carpentaria, from where most museum specimens are either white-rumped or black-rumped; in breeding experiments with captives, mixed pairs of black-rumped race annulosa and white-rumped nominate produced white-rumped offspring, suggesting a single genetic locus with white dominant over black. Species name was emended to “bichenoii#R but this emendation is best considered unjustified#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. b. annulosa (Gould, 1840) – N Western Australia (E from Dampier Land) and N Northern Territory.
  • T. b. bichenovii (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – E Northern Territory (coastal region), N & E Queensland, New South Wales and N Victoria.
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11 cm; 7–12 g. Nominate race has forehead black, crown to back brown with indistinct blackish bars, rump and uppertail-coverts white, tail black; upperwing... read more


    Close contact call a high-pitched "tat, tat"; distance contact call a longer "tiaat... read more


    Grassy woodland and scrubland, open woodland and forest edge, vegetation along watercourses, cane... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds of grasses and other herbs; occasionally insects and their larvae, mainly in breeding season. Takes seeds from ground, and sometimes... read more


    Breeds during second half of wet season in N Australia; in all months in Queensland, mainly in Jul–Nov/Dec in New South Wales. Male... read more


    Resident, present throughout year in many areas. Some seasonality of movement N along E Australia... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to locally common. Recorded densities of 0·24-0·6 birds/ha in Northern Territory (Howards Peninsula) and 0·49-2·55 birds/ha in Queensland (... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2018). Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii). 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 23 March 2018).