Date Published: May 2012
Note: The Species Profile for the Red-crested Finch has been prepared by
a member of the public. The accompanying risk assessment has been
undertaken by the Department.
The Red-crested Finch, (Coryphospingus cucullatus), is a small finch native to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Uruguay.
The male bird has a scarlet crest, cut off sharply at the nape; the
forehead and the sides of the crest are black, and the back of the head
is dark brown. It also has a narrow white eye-ring. The remaining parts
of the head, rump and under parts are brick red; the nape; mantle and
wings are brown and the tail is dull black.
The female lacks the crest, with its upper parts dull brown, lighter
than the male, blackish tail feathers edged with chestnut, and dirty
The Red-crested Finch is considered a species of 'Least Concern' by the IUCN.
The Red-crested Finch is a 'controlled animal' under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002.
The risk assessment concludes that the Red-crested Finch is a 'low' threat to Tasmania and recommends that imports be permitted.
Red-crested Finch (Coryphospingus cucullatus) Risk Assessment (118Kb)
Red-crested Finch (Coryphospingus cucullatus) Species Profile (86Kb)