Cut-throat Finches


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Cut-throat Finch


Cut-throat Finch (Amadina fasciata) sitting on top of a weaver’s nestThe Cut-throat Finch (Amadina fasciata) is a common species of estrildid finch found in Africa and originated in Africa, also known as the Bearded Finch, the Ribbon Finch, the Cut Throat, or the Weaver Finch.



The Cut-throat Finch measure 11.88-13.13 cm (4.75-5.25 inches) in length (including the tail).

The plumage is pale, sandy brown with flecks of black all over

They have a black-brown tail, a thick white chin and cheeks, and a chestnut brown patch on the belly. The legs are a pink fleshy.

The adult male has a bright red band across its throat, while the male juveniles have a slightly duller red band.


Cut-throat Finch Amadina fasciata Distribution / Range

They occur in sub-Sahara from western Africa to the Red Sea and eastern Africa to Transvaal and BotswanaIt is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Portugal (introduced), Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This species has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 3,300,000 km².



Cut-throat Finches usually use weavers or other birds nests. A clutch usually consists of 4 to 6 white eggs, which hatch after an incubation period of 12 days.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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