The extremely colourful Gouldian Finch, Erythrura gouldiae, looks like it was fashioned out of patchwork. There are breeding populations all over the world but this finch is endemic to a fairly small area in Australia.
The Gouldian Finch – also known as Lady Gouldian Finch, Gould’s Finch or, in America, the Rainbow Finch – is named after the wife of ornithological artist John Gould.
Gouldian Finches are between 13 and 14 centimetres long and the heads can be red, black or yellow. Young birds have grey heads, sides and neck, and olive green backs, wings and tail feathers. Their beaks are blackish with a reddish tip.
Newly-hatched, Gouldian Finches are pink and featherless until about 12 days old when the beginnings of feathers start to appear and very young birds have blue, phosphorescent beads on the sides of their beaks to help their parents see them in the dark.
The Gouldian Finch is a threatened species in the wild.
These particular finches have the run of a large, tropical butterfly park in Benalmádena, Spain.
Species: E. gouldiae