Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), formerly Poephila guttata - the most common estrildid finch of Central Australia and ranges over most of the continent, avoiding only the cool moist south and some areas of the tropical far north. It can also be found natively in Indonesia and East Timor. The bird has been introduced to Puerto Rico, Portugal, Brazil and the United States.
These little finches were in huge flocks just outside of Cue. They started a nest on our tent after only staying one night. Very cute characters and I was able to watch them build their nests for a while.
This is another addition to my "Birds of Bloedel Series." I caught this zebra finch relaxing on a bed of food. Every so often it would reach down for some food and contentedly observe me photographing birds. The photo was taken in January 2011, with my trusty Olympus digital camera. Enjoy.