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A photo of a Cut-throat Finch (Amadina fasciata), male
Cut-throat Finch, Male

Cut-throat Finch

Amadina fasciata

The cut-throat finch, known scientifically as Amadina fasciata, is a charming estrildid finch with a rather distinctive appearance. The species exhibits a pale, sandy brown plumage, adorned with flecks of black. Its tail is a dark black-brown, and it sports a robust white chin and cheeks, along with a chestnut brown patch on the belly. The legs of this bird are a subtle pink fleshy color. Notably, the adult male is characterized by a striking red band across its throat, which gives rise to its common name, while the male juveniles display a slightly less vivid red band.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the cut-throat finch, look for the male's signature red throat band, which is absent in females. The bird's overall pale brown coloration with black flecks and a distinctive white face can also aid in identification. The chestnut belly patch is another key feature to observe.


The cut-throat finch is a versatile species that can be found in a variety of habitats across Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly thriving in the Sahel region as well as in eastern and southern parts of the continent.


This species has a broad range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 3,300,000 kmΒ². It is widely distributed throughout much of Sub-Saharan Africa.


The cut-throat finch is known to utilize nests constructed by other birds. This behavior is quite practical and demonstrates the bird's opportunistic nature when it comes to nesting.


Breeding behavior of the cut-throat finch involves laying a clutch of 3 to 6 pristine white eggs. These eggs will hatch after an incubation period of 12 to 13 days. Once hatched, the chicks will leave the nest after 21 to 27 days but will continue to receive care and feeding from their parents for an additional three weeks.

Conservation status

The cut-throat finch is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, indicating that, at present, there are no immediate threats to its population numbers that would warrant a higher level of concern.

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