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Long-tailed Finch

(Poephila acuticauda)
Alternate name(s): "Long-tailed Grass-finch", "Black-heart Finch", "Heck's Finch", "Orange-billed Grass Finch", "Shaft-tail Finch"
Size: 15-16 cm

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Long-tailed Finch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "hecki"

ADULT

Partly obscured near-frontal view of a Long-tailed Finch; note the orange bill which is characteristic of race "hecki"
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-lateral view of a Long-tailed Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Lateral view of a Long-tailed Finch
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a Long-tailed Finch
[Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Ventral view of a Long-tailed Finch (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Mataranka to Cape Crawford Road, NT, July 2010]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jan - Jun Eggs: 4 - 7 Incubation period: ca. 13 days Fledging age: 22 days

We have observed at least two pairs of Long-tailed Finches building a nest in August 2014, outside their usual breeding season.

Nest building: Female Incubation: ? Dependent care: Female & male

While the female builds the nest, the male collects the nesting material.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Dome basket Material: Grass with feather lining Height above ground ?

Location of a Long-tailed Finch nest in between the two panels of a road sign (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Parry Creek Road turnoff, Wyndham, WA, January 2016]

Here the same Long-tailed Finch nest seen from below (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Parry Creek Road turnoff, Wyndham, WA, January 2016]

Long-tailed Finch sentry guarding its nest in between the two panels of a road sign (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Parry Creek Road turnoff, Wyndham, WA, January 2016]

Long-tailed Finch nest (under construction) in a pandanus plant
[Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Frontal view of a male Long-tailed Finch collecting nesting material
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Male Long-tailed Finch bringing nesting material
[Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Female Long-tailed Finch pulling the nesting material into place from inside the nest
[Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Male Long-tailed Finch looking from outside how the nest is shaping up
[Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

This is how and where one enters this pair of Long-tailed Finches' nest
[Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 16 x 12 mm Colour: White Shape: Tapered oval

A look into the Long-tailed Finch nest shown above reveals the presence of 2 eggs, suggesting that the female was still in the process of laying eggs (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Parry Creek Road turnoff, Wyndham, WA, January 2016]

Close-up view of 2 Long-tailed Finch eggs (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Parry Creek Road turnoff, Wyndham, WA, January 2016]

Behaviour

Like all species of finches known to us, Long-tailed Finches love taking a bath.

Pair of Long-tailed Finch enjoying some time off their incubating duties at the local spa (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kununurra, WA, January 2016]

Food, Diet

Adults: Seeds Dependents: Regurgitated seeds Water intake: Daily

Like all other finches known to us, Long-tailed Finches feed on seeds.

Masked Finch, left, and Long-tailed Finch, right, foraging in a recently burnt area (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Marrakai track, NT, August 2012]

Long-tailed Finch drinking water from a bucket (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Mataranka to Cape Crawford Road, NT, July 2010]

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