Blue-faced Parrotfinch

Erythrura trichroa pelewensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ERYTRI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue-faced Parrotfinch has a breeding range of around 875,000 square kilometers. This finch is a permanent resident of Sulawesi, the Spice Islands, on much of New Guinea and nearby islands, Micronesia, parts of French Polynesia, and northeastern Australia, and feeds on grass seeds at the edge of forest and second growth. The population is believed to number around 20,0000 individuals. At the current time this bird species is not expected to face serious declines during the next few years, and has therefore been given a rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Blue-faced Parrotfinch: Small green finch with black bill, blue front and face, red rump, and red tail. Slightly pointed, longish red tail. Female very similar to male but has paler plumage. Juvenile is gray with buff base on black bill, then molts into plumage like female.


Range and Habitat

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Blue-faced Parrotfinch SONGS AND CALLS

Blue-faced Parrotfinch S1

Call is a high-pitched, repeated "tseet".

Blue-faced Parrotfinch QQ2

Begging call is a thin and high-pitched "seet".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"tseet", "ti-tu ti-tu-tu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Blue-faced Parrotfinches may have originated and dispersed either from India or the Caroline Islands.
  • These birds frequently drink and bathe.
  • They are rather shy and are heard more often than they are seen.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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