Gouldian Finch

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Mounted on –  A piece of spider wood on a wooden base
Dimensions HxWxD – 17 x 9 x 8 cm / 6,6 x 3,5 x 3,1 inch
Note – These birds died of natural causes in captivity, the same place where they were born and mounted by a (award winning) taxidermist.

The Gouldian Finch is a real visual treat. The colors on this bird seem so outrageous that we wonder about the 'how', and more specifically, the 'why' of this little rainbow gem. There are a lot of subtle details in the combination of colors, the way the color fields are edged by black and the vivid bright colors. 

The famous British ornithologist John Gould discovered the Gouldian Finch in 1844. It is also known as the Lady Gouldian Finch, named after Gould’s wife. They are a popular cage bird, which is not difficult to understand with such gorgeous colors. We have a unique piece of taxidermy in our collection, where both the male (top) and female Gouldian Finch (bottom) are meticulously mounted, radiating their colorful beauty for eternity. The question stated earlier is for you to find out.

Interested in finding out a bit more on the history of taxidermy? Check our blogpost here.