Black Throated Finch Recovery Team


What Habitats do Black-Throated Finches Like?

Black-throated Finches live in open eucalypt dominated woodlands - melaleucas and acacias might also be common in the woodlands. In the Townsville region, polar gum woodlands are a favoured vegetation type.

Their use of vegetation is constrained by water because they need to drink every day. They typically nest and breed near water.

Their habitat must provide water, suitable seedling grasses and trees in which to rest and build nests. Their grass nests are dome shaped. Nests may be built in the outer branches of trees, tall shrubs, in tree hollows, in mistletoes and the bases of raptor nests. The main breeding season for the Black-Throated Finch is October to April, depending on the season and location.

Most remnant Black-throated Finch populations are on pastoral lands with intact woodlands. It prefers to feed on seeds that have fallen to the ground.

For an area to provide viable habitat water, seeding grasses and open woody vegetation must be located in reasonable proximity to one another, be available all year round and, with respect to seedling grasses, occur in sufficient abundance to support life.

The area of habitat should be large enough that birds can find all they need. A large habitat area has the chance to support a viable, genetically diverse population.