Good news for the spectacular Gouldian finch

13 May
The spectacular Gouldian Finch from Australia. Photo Russell Kingston

The spectacular Gouldian Finch from Australia. Photo Russell Kingston

The Gouldian Finch ( Erythrura gouldiae )  from Australia is arguably one of the most beautiful finch species in the world . For many years the bird has been listed as threatened by BirdLife international and classified as endangered. The good news is that thanks to the great work done by a number of conservation organisations in Australia, which includes the Save the Gouldian Fund founded by Mike and Elizabeth Fidler and academically led by Dr. Sarah Pryke , the bird in 2012 was upgraded in status to Near Threatened.  In a recent quote by Dr Sarah Pryke she had this to say about their remarkable conservation work.

Artificial nest box for gouldians in the wild.Photo. Dr. Sarah Pryke

Artificial nest box for gouldians in the wild.Photo. Dr. Sarah Pryke

Our nest box programme ( in the wild ) which started in 2008, has been incredibly successful  (with addressing the population growth of gouldians in the wild). The gouldians found a resulting population growth of between 130-380%…. we now have well over 2,500 nest boxes installed “

The Rare Finch Conservation Group would publicly like to congratulate all involved in the conservation work done on this spectacular finch species and sincerely hope that their work will continue to grow in a positive momentum.

The Rare Finch Conservation Group is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation and currently is trying to find one of the rarest finches in Africa, namely the Shelley’s crimsonwing finch ( Cryptospiza shelleyi ) . Without the generous support of our worldwide donors this work would not be possible. For those finch enthusiasts that would like to  make a donation to the the RFCG they can do so by simply using the convenient and secure  PayPal payment facility below. All donors will be publicly acknowledged on the RFCG website.


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