Finches | Painted Finch > mixed company | strike a pose | water

A sight to behold, when they strike a pose, are the delicious looking Painted Finch (Emblema pictum). With their eye-catching bright red face, throat and white spotted flanks, you cannot mistake them for any other bird. Whilst the male has a red belly, the female tend to be more spotted, complemented by both have the olive-brown upper.

The upper beak of the adult is black with red at the tip. The lower part of the beak is red, becoming pearl white at the base. The feet are flesh coloured.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Estrildidae
  • Genus: Emblema
  • Species: E. pictum
  • Binomial name: Emblema pictum