male of red-faced form; purple chest; colorful plumage (Zoo; 2013-05-29)

Gouldian Finch
Erythrura gouldiae

Native Range: Australian Region

Notes: a rare and declining but colorful finch with a highly restricted range in the Northern Territories of Australia; widely bred in captivity, such that the world's population consists of many more captive than wild birds; mild sexual dimorphism with the male sporting a purple chest and the female a mauve chest; comes in black-faced and red-faced plumages.

yellow belly; blue rump and nape; black chin; pointed tail (Zoo; 2013-05-29)

light-colored conical bill (Zoo; 2013-05-29)

dorsal view; green upperparts; very thin pointed tail (Zoo; 2013-05-29)

red-faced (left) and black-faced (right) plumages (Zoo; 2013-05-29)

female, as told by her mauve breast (Zoo; 2013-05-29)

frontal view of female (Zoo; 2013-05-29)