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The Gouldian Finch is endangered in its natural habitat, however in captivity it is one of the most prized birds to have. In the past, populations were widely distributed, but they are confined now to isolated areas in the top end of the Northern Territory and Kimberley region of Western Australia. The bird relies on fire in the dry season to burn the undergrowth so they can find seeds on the ground. The greatest threat to this gorgeous bird is the changes to habitat as a result of changing fire patterns and grazing by cattle, horses and pigs, which affect their food source. In the wild these birds are quiet and like to be in unpopulated areas. Their diet during the wet season is seed from the perennial grass.