Australia’s Finches belong to the Estrildidae family. They are small birds (10-16 cm) widely spread across Australia’s shrubby forests and grasslands. Finches have short, thick, pointed beaks suited for their primary diet of seeds. They are favourites with caged bird breeders and enthusiasts because of their size and colour.
Photo: A resident of the south-west corner of Australia, the Red-eared Firetail (13 cm) adds a splash of colour amongst lakeside reeds and forest streams. They feed on seeds and some small insects.