A double-barred bird wears his conspicuous facial disks in the most attractive way and doing his level best to look like an owl

A little, distinctively patterned, double-barred bird that attempts to resemble an owl!

The top portions of the double-barred finch (Stizoptera bichenovii) are mostly brown, from the crown to the tail, with slight blackish barring.

A double-barred bird wears his conspicuous facial disks in the most attractive way and doing his level best to look like an owl

Meanwhile, the underparts are mostly white, as is the neck, which is bordered by a double narrow black band.

The white rump and top tail-coverts contrast with the black tail.

The breast is gray to white, with a thin gray striping on the sides.

The forehead is black, while the face is white.

A pattern akin to the black-bordered facial disks found in several owl species.

Their beak is a bold pale blue, they have gray legs and feet, and they have dark brown eyes.

A double-barred bird wears his conspicuous facial disks in the most attractive way and doing his level best to look like an owl

Males and females look quite similar, except for males having thicker chest bars and a whiter face and breast.

Adult birds have a similar pattern to juvenile birds, although their plumage is browner overall.

Northern and eastern Australia are home to these birds.

This is a waterbird that prefers open forests and forest borders, grassy woodlands, scrublands, farmlands, roadside protection belts, parks, and urban and suburban gardens.

The Double-barred Finch mostly feeds on the seeds of various grasses and plants.

A double-barred bird wears his conspicuous facial disks in the most attractive way and doing his level best to look like an owl

During the mating season, it may take insects and their larvae on occasion.

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