double-barred finch

spot the double-barred finch

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Finches are small seed-eating birds with a strong bill for crushing seeds. The Double-barred  Finch gets its name from two black bars on its breast. It is only 10 cm and like all finches moves with lightning speed so they are difficult to spot and even more difficult to capture as they rarely come out of a bush into the open. They are common in open woodland in north and north-east Australia but this is the first time I have spotted one. It was a weekend birding trip 4 hours from home near Tenterfield, in the north-west of NSW, and there was quite a community of finches darting around a discarded nest in a low tree.