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- Lady Gouldian
The Lady Gouldian Finch
originates across northern Australia from Derby in the west
across to Cape York Peninsula. Their range in recent times
has shrunk dramatically.
It is believed that less than
2,500 mature Gouldians exist in the wild.
In 1841 the English
Ornithologist, John Gould, while on an Australian expedition
came across what most believe to be the most beautiful finch
in the world. John Gould named this magnificent finch, "The
Lady Gouldian", to honor his artist wife, Lady Elizabeth
Male: Weight 15 grams.
The head is black, (dominant coloration of wild populations)
red or yellow. The upper breast is a rich velvet lilac. The
lower breast, upper belly and
flanks are a chrome
yellow. The back and wings are grass-green. The rump and
upper tail are cobalt blue. The black tail has two extended
pin feathers at the central point. The beak is ivory with a
red or yellow tip on the male. Legs and feet are
flesh-colored. The eyes are dark brown. Female: The coloration is basically the same as that
of the male, with the exception being that the colors,
overall, are a more subdued version. She is duller with a
noticeably paler chest and belly color. The beak turns
grey/black during breeding. Some females have the chest
color almost as intense as males, and these strains are
highly sought after by the avicultural purists.
At Cub Creek Science Camp we have a female
Lady Gouldian finch. She is not as colorful as the
male of that species but still a very pretty bird. The
Goulds have probably the most variety of colors on an
individual bird of all the finches. They look like
layers of brightly colored ice cream. Here are some
variety of colors that can be seen on a Gouldian Finch.