The Gouldian Finches return

Sep 21, 2014

The El Questro Wilderness Senior Ranger  has reported the first sightings of the Gouldian Finch at Saddleback Soak. Once classified as endangered in the wild, due to high levels of poaching for their colourful plumes, the Gouldian Finch is one of 100 species of birds that call El Questro Wilderness Park home.

The Gouldian Finch is considered the most spectacularly coloured of all Australian birds – with bright green back plumage, yellow bellies and purple breasts. The majority of the Gouldian Finches have small black faces with about 25 per cent of population being red faced and very rarely, a yellow faced finch is sighted.

Known as a grass finch, the Gouldian Finch is sparsely distributed in tropical northern areas from Derby, Western Australia to the Gulf of Carpentaria – but is most common in the north and north western parts of the State. These small birds live close to water holes and create nests in tree hollows or termite mounds – rarely creating a nest up high in a tree.

“With only six weeks remaining until El Questro Wilderness Park closes for the rejuvenating green season, now is the perfect time to book a holiday at one of our three accommodation options and get to see first-hand the Gouldian Finch and other wildlife and wonders of the Kimberley region.” said Lori Litwack, General Manager.

Homestead – exclusive accommodation set in a lush oasis. Save 30 per cent on three-night stays from 15 September to 24 October. Stay for four nights, and save 30 per cent, plus receive complimentary scheduled transfers from Kununurra.  

The Station – a social hub – with options of bungalows on the river, camping or caravanning. For stays from 15 September to 24 October, bungalows from $329 per night include full breakfast and Wilderness Park Permits for two adults.

Emma Gorge – tented cabins on the doorstep of the famous Emma Gorge WA and a bird lover’s paradise. Only open for a few more weeks until 28 September.

To book please visit the El Questro Wilderness Park website or call 1300 233 432 (inside Australia) or +61 3 9426 7540 (outside of Australia) to speak to an El Questro destination specialist.


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