Red-browed finches

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Red-browed finches
From: Denis Wilson <>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 15:43:52 +1000
Hi Margaret.

Your first RBF appears to have white on top of the beak, but almost certainly that is merely a reflection (Philip's "trick of the light"). But it certainly appears to lack the black patch on top of the beak (it does show black under the beak).
The second specimen does appear "normal".

Denis Wilson
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On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
After having attempted to view the first photo and having to sign on to Flickr (which I have no wish to do), nothing showed, except photos by other people that I don't know and am not interested in. The second link showed a normal Red-browed Finch. So I can't see what you are referring to. To answer your question. Yes all adult Red-browed Finches have a black stripe down the top of their beak (but no other finch species does, as far as I know). So if there is white on the top of its beak, then if it is not poo (i.e. uric acid) or a trick of light reflection, it is probably a genetic defect.
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From: Margaret Leggoe [
Sent: Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:55 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Red-browed finches

I thought all adult finches had a black stripe down the top of their beak.   Both of these birds look like adults, but one has white on the top of its beak.  Can someone explain this?  Thank you.

Margaret Leggoe


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