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Family: Estrildidae Genus: Poephila Preferred Scientific Name POEPHILA bichenovii bichenovii Preferred Common Name Double-barred Finch Other Common Names Double-Bar finch Owl Finch (owing to the dark ring of feathers around the          face) Bicheno's finch Black-rumped Double-barred Finch White-rumped Double-barred Finch Other Scientific Names Taeniopygia bichenovii Stizoptera bichenovii (Vigors/ Horsfield 1827) International Common Names English: Owl Finch Spanish: Diamante de Bichenov French: Diamant de Bicheno Local Common Names Czech: Germany: Ringelastrild, Ringelamadine,         Gitterflügelastrild Italy: Diamante di Bichenov Netherlands: Bichenows astrild Thailand: Bicheno USA: Status:  Size, Weight: 10–11 cm; 7–12 g Ring size:  Habitat: AUSTRALIA The double-barred finch prefers dry savannah, tropical dry grassland and shrubland habitats in northern and eastern Australia. The specie Poephila bichenovii bichenovii occurs from Cape York Peninsula southward through Queensland into New South Wales. General: Both sexes appear quite similar with a general pale brown colour above including the crown. Characteristic of this specie are the fine barrings of dark brown, coarser towards the rump and a black band across the rump. Remainder of rump and uppertail coverts are white.The upper wings are pale brown. Remainder of wings is brownish-black and white spotted. The tailfeatherss are brownish-black to black. Lore, feathers above the eyes, cheeks, ear covert, chin and throat are white and bordered with a small black line, which widens on the forehead into a wide band. The foreneck and chest are white, slightly tinged in center, and washed with brown on sides of chest, followed by a second broad black cross band. Remainder of undersurface are white-washed faint creamy-buff. The undertail coverts are black and the beak is bluish-grey. Legs and feet are grey and the eyes dark brown. One difference is noted in the female: The bars may not be as broad as those on the male. As well the zone between the bars is whet on the male while it is a grimy white on the female. The double-bar Finch will readily breed in scantily populated aviaries and some times also in large cages. Number of eggs: 4 - 5 Incubation period: 12 -14 days Nestlings leaving nest after 22 - 25 days




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