a small Australian waxbill, Poephila guttata, that has black-and-white barred plumage and a chestnut ear patch: popular as a cage bird.
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Origin of zebra finch
First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for zebra finch
any of various Australasian songbirds with zebra-like markings, such as the grassfinch Poephila castanotis
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