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Although they are a common bird in our aviaries the Star Finch is now becoming critically endangered in the wild.
I class the birds we have in our aviaries to be a hybrid mix of the 3 species and I call them the common Star as I have no other name to call them!
The southern species of the Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda ruficauda) has disappeared completely from most of its known range of southern Queensland and northeast and western New South Wales due to trapping for the avicultural trade, habitat destruction, overgrazing and drought. It is officially listed as critically endangered. It could also be extinct in the wild.
The northern species of the Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda clarescens). . This species of the Star is also in decline as it is officially listed as endangered.