Double-barred Finch

Taeniopygia bichenovii

Double-barred Finches occur regularly in grassy woodlands around Canberra where they breed, but sometimes come to the suburbs in small groups during the cooler months.

They are also commonly kept in aviaries.

Numbers rise from a minimum in December to a peak in July, but have fluctuated widely over the years. This is because in some years larger numbers inhabit survey sites on the borders of suitable reserves such as Mt Taylor and Mt Ainslie, resulting in increased observations. They were especially common and widespread from June 1982 to October 1983.

The only breeding record is of a dependent young in Hughes in early May 1996. R=62. BR=84.