The Blackbird is a member of the Thrush family. Blackbirds were released in Melbourne, Victoria in 1862 by the Zoological Acclimatization Society of Victoria.
Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws" web page.
Housing Requirements: Click on "Housing birds" web page for general details on the housing of Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.
Typical planted finch aviary is ideal. 3 metres x 1 metre x 2.1 metres high.
Diet / Feeding: Click on "Feeding birds" web page for general details on the nutrition of Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.
Spends most of its feeding time on the ground searching for insects and worms.
Natural diet includes insects, fruits, berries and worms. Captive breeding birds require a large quantity of insects. Suitable insects include mealworms, crickets, cockroaches, small locusts and any insects commonly found in a garden that wild birds eat.
Nesting: A basic overview only.
Breeding: Egg Colour ? . Cutch/s per year 2 - 4. Eggs per nest 2 - 4. Incubation approx. ? days. Fledge approx. ? days/weeks. Independent approx. another ? weeks. Both parents feed the young.
The young grow at a fast rate and consume lots of insects. It costs more to feed a captive pair of Blackbirds than they are worth in dollar terms. They will need about 100 insects per young, per day while the young are in the nest. A pair with a typical nest of young could easily require at least 2 kilograms of insects to adequately feed the young from hatching till the young fledge.
Very few people can say they have bred and raised aviary Blackbirds. It is not as easy as many people think it is. The young grow at a rapid rate and require a lot of protein foods, i.e. insects. They are a large bird and need a large aviary. Each clutch can be 4 young and they can happily raise 4 clutches per season in an aviary.
Will build a nest in a low bush. Equally they will build in a wide variety of structures such as sheds, vines, and houses/buildings with a ledge just wide enough for a nest.
Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here. Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.
Health Issues: Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.