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Black-throated Finch (southern subspecies) - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Poephila cincta cincta
Conservation status in NSW: Extinct
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 30 Sep 2016
Profile last updated: 19 Aug 2017


A small stocky bird up to 12cm long and weighing about 15g. It has a distinctive black throat that extends to the chest to form a large bib. The bill, in front of the eye, and the short tail are also black. The body is fawn and the head is pale blue-grey. The southern subspecies has a white rump.


The southern subspecies was once found from the Atherton Tableland in Queensland to the Inverell district in northern NSW. It has suffered a massive range contraction and is now rarely recorded south of Clermont in Queensland. In NSW it was once widespread in the northern tablelands and northwest slopes, but was last recorded in 1994 and may now be extirpated in the State.

Habitat and ecology

  • Black-throated Finches inhabit dry, open, grassy woodlands, often along watercourses. They have been recorded in riparian Ti-tree and Melaleuca thickets surrounded by open grassy areas in the Inverell district.
  • Mainly granivorous, consuming primarily native grass seed, although insects will also be taken. Typically forage in small flocks on the ground.
  • Considered to be sedentary, but may move in response to drought.
  • Black-throated Finches pair for life and nest in colonies, usually laying about 5-6 eggs with incubation thought to be 12-14 days.
  • The southern subspecies breeds readily in captivity and is a popular avicultural species.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarInverell Basalts Predicted None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Predicted None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Predicted None
Other StateQLD Known None