Blue faced Parrot Finch
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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. Blue faced Parrot finch
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    blue faced parrot finch photo
  • An Australian Finch                                                   (Click on photo to enlarge)
  • Scientific Name: Erythrura trichroa
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:  One in Australia, but about 8 other subspecies are recognized to the north of Australia.  A total of about 9.
  • Origin / Distribution:  Cape York Peninsula and northern islands including Papua & New Guinea
  • Habitat In Wild:  Northern Queensland rainforest, grasslands and farmlands.
  • Status In Wild:  Rare
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Secure
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  about 5 - 6 months.
  • Adult plumage:  attained by about  4 months of age..
  • Best breeding years (estimate): 12 months - 4th year
  • Lifespan (estimate): approx. 7 - 8 years
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic.  Sexing can be difficult.  DNA sexing may be necessary.
  • Mutations: Yes
  • Availability:  Pet shops & bird dealers
  • Temperament: The Blue faced Parrotfinch is generally a good breeder in a large planted aviary and does best as one pair per aviary.  Suitable for inclusion in a mixed collection.  May breed year round.  Breeders who are trying to produce a specific colour mutation usually bred one pair in a large canary style cage.  Can be bred as a colony in a large aviary.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $60 - $70
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx.120 mm (or about 5 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo above - top right of page. (Click on photo to enlarge).
  3. Weight: Approx.16 gms (or about 1/2 oz)
 Aviary Notes:

Read notes on "Finches - Australian" web page and use in conjunction with details outlined on this page.

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 Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.

The Blue faced Parrotfinch prefers a densely planted aviary; dense shrubs and tall grasses are ideal.  Best results are achieved with one pair of Parrotfinches in a mixed collection per aviary.

Can be bred indoors in a cabinet of about 900mm long x 400mm deep x 400mm high (36 x 16 x 16 inches).

Only one species of Parrotfinches should be housed in each aviary as they may hybridize with any of the other species of Parrotfinches.  Spare cock birds should not be housed with breeding pairs.

Diet / Feeding: Click on "Feeding birds" web page for general details on the nutrition of Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.

The Blue faced Parrotfinch requires a good quality finch seed mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple) and green leafy vegetables.  Live food is essential especially at breeding season.  Mealworms are ideal, also small crickets and small locusts can be offered.  Sprouted or soaked seed if available.

Basic seed mix should include Canary seed, White French Millet, Japanese Millet, and Yellow and Red Panicum.

Nesting: A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: No
  • Nesting months:  Breed well in captivity.  May breed all year round but best not to breed them through the winter months in the southern Australian states.
  • Nesting receptacles: The Blue faced Parrotfinch prefers dense shrubs or dry brush such as tea tree but will nest in a hollow log or a nest box.  A half open nest box 150mm x 150mm x 150mm (6 x 6 x 6 inches) is adequate.
  • Nest: Domed pear shaped built with grasses, coconut fibre and other suitable materials, usually with an tunnel entrance.  Nest is lined with soft fine grasses.  Nest is usually built in the upper part of the aviary.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Parent birds generally reuse the nest for subsequent clutches.  Adequate new nest material must be available for the birds to refurbish the old nest or build a new nest for the next clutch. Some birds may use an abandoned nest and renovate it.

More details on finch nests and a selection of finch nest photos can be located on the "nests", "finch nests" and "finch nest photos" web pages.  Click on "Up" then "nests" then "finch nests" and "finch nests photos" in the navigation bars.

Breeding: Egg Colour White.  Clutch/s per year 3 - 4.  Eggs per nest 4 - 6.  Incubation approx. 14 days.  Fledge approx. 21 days.  Independent approx. another 21 - 28 days.

The Blue faced Parrotfinch is probably the easiest of the Parrot Finches to breed.  Best results are achieved in a mixed finch collection with one pair of Blue faced parrot finches per aviary. Only one species of Parrotfinches should be housed in each aviary as they may hybridize with any of the other species of Parrotfinches.

Hens should be allowed time to fully mature before commencing breeding.  Although they can start breeding at about 9 months, best results are achieved if the hen is 12 months old prior to starting breeding.  Generally good reliable parents.

The young can generally be left with their parents after they become independent.

A leg ring can be placed on the leg of the young Blue faced Parrotfinch bird as soon as it leaves the 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.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site. Refer above "Avian Health Issues" web page option.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture

  • A/A Vol 56 No. 11 Nov 2002 Page 241-242
  • A/A Vol 55 No. 12 Dec 2001 Page 273-276 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 50 No. 7 July 1996 Page 149-150 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 50 No. 3 Mar 1996 Page 49-51 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 42 No. 11 Nov 1988 Page 281-282
  • A/A Vol 38 No. 11 Nov 1984 Page 259-268 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 37 No. 4 Apr 1983 Page 79-81
  • A/A Vol 35 No. 4 Apr 1981 Page 82-85
  • A/A Vol 31 No. 12 Dec 1977 Page 177-181 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 30 No. 6 Jun 1976 Page 98
  • A/A Vol 29 No. 9 Sept 1975 Page 129-130
  • A/A Vol 12 No 5 May 1958 Page 61-62.
  • A/A Vol  8 No 6 Jun 1954 Page 76.
  • A/A Vol  8 No 3 Mar 1954 Page 38.
  • A/A Vol  7 No 1 Jan 1953 Page 12.
  • A/A Vol  6 No 12 Dec 1952 Page 137-138.
  • The Bulletin No 13, Oct 1943 Page 2 - 3.
  • The Bulletin No 4, Nov 1942 Page 1 (The breeding of finches - conclusion).
  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol 11 Issue 1. Feb-Mar 1998 Page 13-15 (Part 2)
  • ABK Vol 10 Issue 12 Dec-Jan 1998 Page 593-595 (Part 1)
  • ABK Vol  7 Issue 3. Jun-July 1994 Page 121-123
  • ABK Vol  5 Issue 1. Feb-Mar 1992 Page 40-44
  • ABK Vol  4 Issue 8. Apr-May 1991 Page 381-385
  • ABK Vol  2 Issue 11. Oct-Nov 1989 Page 435-438
  • ABK Vol  1  Issue 4. Aug-Sept 1988 Page 123
  • ABK Vol  1  Issue 3 Jun-July 1988 Page 74-75

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