The male zebra finch has chestnut cheek patches as well as a black and white barring across its chest. Females lack these features and are grey in those areas mentioned. Beak color is generally a brighter red in males and a orange color in females.
They are common and widespread across Australia, found in many habitats but favour dry wooded grasslands.
Zebra finches live in large social flocks of up to 100 birds.