Double-Barred Finch

Growth Size

The Double-Barred Finch grows to a maximum size of 12cm.


5 – 7 years.


Non-aggressive birds, who thrive in a colony. As with other Finches, they can be too timid for much human interaction.

Training Difficulty

Quite difficult to train, due to their aversion to human handling.

Recommended Owners

Recommended for people who are happy just observing their birds, but aren't looking for a pet that they can hold. Also good for homes that are too small to accommodate larger pets.


There are two main species of Double-Barred Finches. The White Rump species originates from Eastern Australia. While the Black Rump is native to the Kimberly regions. The scientific name (Taeniopygia bichenovii) is attributed to James Ebenezer Bicheno, who was a colonial secretary of Van Dieman's Land.


A commercial Finch seed blend supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables. A mineral block should also be provided.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


Provide a shallow bowl of water (separate to drinking water) for the Finch to bathe in as it pleases.


The young of this species has an unusual habit of raising a wing while begging for food from their parents. It is thought that this behaviour is to shield the beggar’s siblings from the food, ensuring survival of the strongest birds.