Gouldian Finches are native to northern Australia, where a 2000 study estimated that there were just 2,500 of these birds left in the wild.
Gouldian Finches are 5 inches in length and come in three varieties: red-headed, black-headed and yellow-headed.
They feed primarily on seed as well as greens such as watercress, spinach and lettuce. Gouldian Finches also need to feed on grit, which aids in their digestion.
Gouldian Finches are shy birds and do not like to be held. However, they do require social contact, and do better in the company of other Gouldian Finches.
Air sac mites and egg binding are two health issues common to this type of bird. Air sac mites cause breathing difficulties for the Gouldian Finch while egg binding results in the egg getting stuck in the birth canal of the female.
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Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.