Saturday, January 14, 2012

Chestnut-breasted Finch

Chestnut-breasted Finch or Barleybird 
Lonchura castaneothorax
Today was one on those drizzly cool days after a night of some rain. It was a perfect opportunity to pull out summer weeds while the soil was friable and easy to work. While I was working, a pair of these Finches arrived to eat grass seed nearby. It was my first sighting of this bird, well a pair actually, but I have since read that it is fairly common on the east coast of Australia. They are quite striking in appearance but I would dispute the colour description as they are more caramel coloured than chestnut.

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