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Masked Finch

(Poephila personata)
Alternate name(s): "Masked Grass Finch", "White-eared Finch", "White-eared Grass Finch"
Size: 13.0-13.5 cm (male), 12.5-13.0 cm (female)
Weight: 12-13 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Masked Finch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "personata"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Masked Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Masked Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Lateral view of a Masked Finch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, July 2014]

Lateral view of two Masked Finches (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, December 2015]

Lateral view of a Masked Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, May 2018]

Close-up near-dorsal view of a Masked Finch looking back at the observer (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Timber Creek airport, Timber Creek, NT, November 2018]

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

Comparison of a Masked Finch with a female Gouldian Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Buchanan Highway, NT, November 2018]

Comparison of a Masked Finch with a female Gouldian Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Buchanan Highway, NT, November 2018]

Ventral view of a Masked Finch in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Buchanan Highway, NT, November 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a Masked Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2019]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Masked Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2019]

Behaviour

Like all other species of finches known to us, Masked Finches like to bathe.

Masked Finches taking a bath together with a female Gouldian Finch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Nackeroo Lookout Road, Timber Creek, NT, November 2018]

Masked Finches taking a bath together with a Banded Honeyeater in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Nackeroo Lookout Road, Timber Creek, NT, November 2018]

Food, Diet

Adults: Seeds Dependents: Regurgitated seeds Water intake: Daily

Like all other finches known to us, Masked Finches feed on seeds.

Masked Finch with a liking for grilled nuts (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marrakai track, Top End, NT, July 2019]

Lateral view of a Masked Finch foraging on the ground (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, March 2019]

Masked Finch having a drink of water (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, July 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

maskfin_pb_20190709.m4a personata
(Top End, NT)
Chattering (small mob) © PB

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