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Leichhardt has or used to have 43 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Gouldian 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 Gouldian Finch

Gouldian Finch

Erythrura gouldiae

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

Erythrura gouldiae is found across 5 electorates.

Sparsely distributed across northern Australia between the Kimberley and north-central Queensland, the Gouldian finch was historically observed in flocks of thousands, its total population is now estimated at less than 2500. It is vividly multi-coloured and seen singly or in flocks of up to a couple of hundred. It inhabits open woodlands that are dominated by Eucalyptus trees and support a ground cover of Sorghum and other grasses. The critical components of suitable core habitat for the Gouldian finch appear to be the presence of favoured annual and perennial grasses, a nearby source of surface water and, in the breeding season, unburnt hollow-bearing Eucalyptus trees.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.

Leichhardt has or used to have 81 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Gouldian Finch but they're just as important.

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