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Save The Gouldian Fund is a not-for-profit charity raising funds for the research and conservation of the Gouldian Finch, a highly endangered Australian bird.

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Wild Gouldian finch breeding season starts!

Wild Gouldian finch breeding season is now underway! First eggs are in the boxes!
Photo: Wild Gouldian finch breeding season is underway! First eggs are in the boxes!

3 comments to Wild Gouldian finch breeding season starts!



    Gouldian finches are truly one of the most spectacular bird in nature. The nest box project is highly appreciated in conserving these little gems. Looking forward to be a part of save the gouldian fund project.


  • Bill Weston

    Just looking at your website, I must commend you all on taking a positive step/s to save this beautiful bird, and to help it re-populate itself in the wild.
    Quite a few years ago studies were undertaken to see why this magnificent finch was dying out at an extremely fast rate.
    The main problem supposedly identified at that time was the air sac mite, but another problem that was identified but apparently squashed was mining sites in the top end, it was said that tailings and ponds of waste water were contaminated (in a lot of cases with cyanide), and birds, not just gouldians, that drank from these ponds did not survive. Do you know the results of these studies, or were they conveniently swept under the carpet?
    Also is this danger still present?
    Finally, how do you join your organization? having bred gouldians in NSW for many years it would be nice to be a part of helping them survive in the wild.
    Bill Weston.

    • savethegouldian

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for the kind message (and sorry for the late reposne – we’ve been out of internet contact for a bit). There have been a few reports about contaiminated water from mine sites killing birds, including Gouldians. However, this seems to have been quite isolated events, which (to the best of our knowledge) have now been cleared up and rectified. It seems that the main reason for the large and widespread declines is large scale landscape changes – removal of the natural habitat (and critical trees and grasses) and the introduction of cattle, agriculture, etc.

      We don’t have formal membership anymore, but you can follow us on this webspite, on our Facebook page and also help by making a donation to the fund (e.g. sponsoring a nest box).

      Many thanks for your support!

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