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Capricornia has or used to have 29 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Southern Black-throated Finch.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Southern Black-throated Finch

Southern Black-throated Finch

Poephila cincta cincta

Status: Endangered

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Poephila cincta cincta is found across 5 electorates.

At the species level, the Black-throated Finch is a sleek but thickset grass-finch, which measures approximately 12 cm in length, and weighs approximately 15 g. It has a grey head and neck, with a short black loral stripe, and a conspicuous, large black 'bib' over the chin, throat and upper breast. The bill is short, thick, conical and coloured black. The eye is a dark reddish-brown. The breast, back, and most of the belly, are brown. The wings are a darker shade of brown, and when folded have a narrow white stripe along the leading edge. The rump and the tail, which is short and rather rounded or square-tipped, are both black. The lower underbody is white, but with a black patch on the rear flanks. The legs and feet are a bright pinkish-red. Juveniles appear very similar to adults, but with duller colouring.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Adverse fire regimesAdverse fire regimes

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Overexploitation and other direct harm from human activitiesOverexploitation and other direct harm from human activities

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Capricornia has or used to have 30 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Southern Black-throated Finch but they're just as important.

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