• Classification, origin, behavior of the zebrafinch (wild form)

    1. Classification

    (Source: International Ornithological Congress C.O.I.)

    • Order: Passeriformes
    • Family: Estrildité
    • Gender: Taeniopygia
    • Species: Guttata
    • Subspecies: Taeniopygia guttata

    The zebrafincf (Taeniopygia guttata) is the most common and the most familiar of all the plants in central Australia.

    2. Subspecies and distribution

    There are two distinct subspecies.
    Taeniopygia guttata guttata, the zebrafinch of Timor, extends from Lombok in the Sunda Islands or Nusa Tanggara in Indonesia to Sermata, in addition to the coastal areas around the Australian mainland. The other subspecies is Taeniopygia gutatta castonatis. The latter is found over most of mainland Australia and some of these varieties are considered domestic.
    Morphological differences between the two subspecies include differences in size. Taeniopygia guttata guttata is smaller (8 cm) than Taeniopygia guttata castanotis and does not have the same distinctive mark on the throat and upper chest.

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