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joanneh
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could i have some help identifying this fellow found him in the townsville common after the cyclone

GregL
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It looks like a mannikin-type finch but doesn't match any of the finches in my field guide. Maybe it blew in from Fiji.

raysimula
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Doesn't look like an Aussie to me Joanneh, may be an escapee from a destroyed aviary. Ray

Araminta
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M-L

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M-L

Araminta
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Well, any better ideas?? Where are they??

M-L

joanneh
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so i put it up on flickr bird help and came up with a imature crimson finch done a search and am sure it is but must have blown down from ingham way as i have not seen any in townsville

GregL
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Funny how finches take a while to get adult plumage, a bit like crimson rosellas.

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Hi Joanneh
A young Crimmie for sure, not a blown in by Yasi, they appear to have moved into the Towncommon several months ago, I have been seeing small parties for a while now, the last one being a adult male at the spot where we meet,I had never seen them on the Common before that, they are also seen regularly at the reserve where the hi-way crosses the Bohle river and at the Bush garden in Mundingburra.We did have a finch blown in from Yasi (or maybe a escapee) in the form of a Long-tailed Finch, seen several times over the week-end. Keep a eye out for it, a really lovely finch, normally seen around Mt Isa and the gulf country on the NT border.

Ed Townsville NQ

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I have a question, seeing how challenging it can be to identify juvenile birds, can you recommend a good website? I would appreciate to get some information, thanks.

M-L

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