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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Estrildidae
Genus:Pytilia
Genus species:Pytilia melba

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:13 cm
Identification:The forehead, cheeks, chin, and center of the throat of the male common melba finch are scarlet. Its upperparts are gray, and its back and wings are olive green. The tail is black and crimson, and the breast is a golden green color. Its underparts are barred with white and black. The female melba finch has a gray head, and the area from the chest to the belly is barred with black and white.
Habitat:Dry thornveld
Common melba finches live alone, in pairs, or in small family groups.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Africa Date:1981-08 Subjects:Common melba finch
perching birds
Estrildidae
Sparrows
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata