The Gouldian finch is painted with the influence of the Lingnan style. The Gouldian finch was described by British ornithological artist John Gould in 1841 in honour of his disceased wife Elizabeth. It is sometimes called the Lady Gouldian finch. Captive breeding has resulted in several colour mutations existing mainly in greater numbers in the United States. The Gouldian finch is considered one of the most beautiful of Australian birds in the finch family. Its plumage is of vibrant multi colours. Prior to the Australian government's ban on the export of Australian fauna, Gouldian finches were exported worldwide.