Erythrura gouldiae

The Gouldian Finch, Erythrura gouldiae , also known as the Lady Gouldian Finch, Gould's Finch or the Rainbow Finch, is a colorful passerine bird endemic to Australia. There is strong evidence of a continuing decline, even at the best-known site near Katherine in the Northern Territory. Large numbers are bred in captivity, particularly in Australia. In the state of South Australia, National Parks & Wildlife Department permit returns in the late 1990s showed that over 13,000 Gouldian Finches were being kept by aviculturists. If extrapolated to an Australia-wide figure this would result in a total of over 100,000 birds. In 1992, it was classified as Endangered in the wild under IUCN's criteria C2ai. This was due to the fact that the viable population size was estimated to be less than 2,500 mature individuals, no permanent subpopulation was known to contain more than 250 mature individuals, and that a continuing decline was observed in the number of mature individuals. It is currently subject to a conserva

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The Erythrura gouldiae is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Range & population Erythrura gouldiae is found in northern Australia, with scattered records from Cape York Peninsula through north-west Queensland, but there are more records from the northern region of the Northern Territory to the Kimberley region of Western Australia. In Queensland, it is only known with regularity from one site, although there are irregular reports from elsewhere in its former range. Birds are more numerous in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. More

of the endangered Gouldian Finch Erythrura gouldiae: Evidence of gradual population expansions during the Holocene. (Submitted, Conservation Genetics). Esparza-Salas R., Cellier-Holzem E, Bru D, Gaillard, M, Sorci G and Garnier S. A quantitative PCR assay for the detection of avian malaria (Plasmodium spp.) in all bird species. (Submitted: Molecular Ecology Resources) Cellier-Holzem E, Esparza-Salas R, Garnier S and Sorci G. Cost of avian malaria infection and re-infection. (Submitted, International Journal of Parasitology). Esparza-Salas R. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Estrildidae
Genus : Erythrura
Species : gouldiae
Authority : (Gould, 1844)