Double barred Finch

Double barred Finch

Other Names: Owl finch, Black-rumped Double-barred Finch, White-rumped Double-barred Finch.

Size: 8cm

Habitat:  Never far from water, the Double-barred finch prefers scrubby grassland, long grass, open forests and farmlands.

Distribution: Found in the Kimberley region through to west of the Gulf of Carpentaria  and then from Cape York down the east coast to south-eastern Victoria

Food: In their native habitat, Double-barred finches feed on seeds off the ground as well as picking them from seed-heads. Insects are also consumed, especially during the breeding season. In the aviary environment, a standard finch mix is acceptable. Alternative options may also include; spray millet, half ripe seeds and wild grasses.

Double barred Finch

Double barred Finch

Nesting: These finches tend to build their nest in thick shrubbery. A short entrance tunnel leading into a ball shaped nest, made of coarse g=dry grass as the shell with an inner layer of softer grass.
The Black-rumped Double-Bar in its natural environment uses plant fibres to line the nest
The White-rumped Double Bar in its natural environment prefers to use feather to line the nest

Breeding: The double-bar breeds rather well in a mixed aviary however still remain timid if disturbed when starting to breed. A normal clutch would consist of 4-5 eggs with both parents sharing the incubation responsibilities.

Sexing: The male and female do appear quite similar, The bars on the female may not be as broad as those on the male, and the zone between the bars is whet on the male while it is a sooty white on the female.




After third egg is laid

Average clutch:

4-5 Eggs

Days to hatch:

12-14 days from incubation

Fledge date:

Generally 22-25 days old

Wean date:

5-6 weeks

First molt:

Begins 10 weeks and completes when reaches 3 months of age

Sexual maturity

Adult plumage indicates maturity however not to be bred as per all finches until they reach the age of 12 months.


Article extract from Mrcus Pollard at Clifton Finch Aviaries

Here I must admit to never having seriously kept them but they are one of the most popular Australians in our aviaries. They appear to do better as a small flock of 2-3 pairs in an aviary and will bathe, feed and socialize together. No one that I know has accused them of aggressive behaviour but some have alluded to the fact that they are very nervous in the aviary and may annoy smaller waxbills because of this skittishness.

Breeding appears to be relatively easy with friends stating that they have a fondness for soaked/sprouted seed and green seed when rearing young. Others have stated that breeding can be improved with the addition of small amounts of live food into the diet. Chickweed and winter grass are avidly consumed. Consensus is that they prefer to build their own nest in tea-tree or fern out of swamp grass and feathers. However, I have seen them using nest boxes in one person’s aviary.

They would probably have a popularity of 9 and a compatibility of 10.


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