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Black-throated Finch

(Poephila cincta)
Alternate name(s): "Parson Finch", "Black-throat", "Diggle's Finch", "Black-rumped Finch", "Black-tailed Finch"
Size: 9-11 cm
Weight: 13-16 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-throated Finch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cincta"

ADULT

MALE

Full-frontal view of a male Black-throated Finch; note the characteristic large black throat patch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Frontal view of a male Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Frontal view of a male Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mareeba Wetlands, near Mareeba, QLD, July 2013]

Near-frontal view of a male Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Near-lateral view of a male Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Near-lateral view of a male Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mareeba Wetlands, near Mareeba, QLD, July 2013]

Near-lateral view of a male Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a male Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Frontal view of a female Black-throated Finch with its head turned (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mareeba Wetlands, near Mareeba, QLD, July 2013]

Two Black-throated Finches in a dead tree; the relatively small throat patches compared with the birds shown above indicate that they are both females (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mareeba Wetlands, near Mareeba, QLD, July 2013]

Two female Black-throated Finches; slightly different postures (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Mareeba Wetlands, near Mareeba, QLD, July 2013]

Near-lateral view of a female Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Lateral view of a female Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

PAIR

Frontal/ventral view of a pair of Black-throated Finches; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Frontal/ventral view of a pair of Black-throated Finches; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Sex unknown

Near-dorsal view of a Black-throated Finch, showing clearly the white rump characteristic of race "cincta" (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Dorsal view of a Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Black-throated Finches checking out a juvenile White-throated Honeyeater (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Race "atropygialis"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Dorsal view of a Black-throated Finch (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, July 2016]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Apr Eggs: 4 - 7 Incubation period: 12 - 14 days Fledging age: ca. 21 days

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

The male Black-throated Finch will propose a nest site, but the female needs to give it the stamp of approval.

Nest

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

Type: Dome Material: Grass stems with soft lining Height above ground < 10 m

Instead of the "standard" domed nest with side entrance spout, Black-throated Finches may build their nest into the base of a raptor's nest or into a tree hollow or an arboreal termite mound.

Male Black-throated Finch working on its nest (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Pair of Black-throated Finches working on their nest together (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Black-throated Finch carrying nest material (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

Eggs

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

Size: 17 x 13 mm Colour: White Shape: Tapered oval

Food, Diet

Like other finches, Black-throated Finches are primarily seed-eaters, but they will take greens from grasses as well.

Frontal view of a female Black-throated Finch taking grass seeds (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Oak Valley NR, Townsville, QLD, September 2020]

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