Crimson Chat
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • An Australian Softbill
  • Scientific Name:  Epthianura tricolor
  • Common Name/s:  CRIMSON CHAT
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:  ?
  • Origin / Distribution:  Wide spread throughout arid Australia.
  • Habitat In Wild:  Diverse, but mainly arid areas. 
  • Status In Wild:  Secure.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Rare.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  ?
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  Lifespan about 6 years.
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Colour mutations:  None
  • Availability:  Specialist breeders.
  • Temperament:  Diet is insects as well as seed.  Needs a large suitably planted, dry aviary with a sand floor.  One pair per aviary. 
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $750
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx. 120 mm (or approx 5 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx. ? ozs)

There are 5 species of Australian Chats.  They are nomadic birds.

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to "Government Laws" web page.

Housing Requirements:  Click on "Softbills" web page for full details on the housing of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

Diet / Feeding:  Click on "Softbills" web page for full details on the nutrition of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:
  • Nesting receptacles:  Nest is often built a cup shaped nest in a shrub or in a grass tussock.
  • Nest:  The hen builds a cup shaped nest out of grasses, plant material, twigs, short pieces of teased hessian and other materials.  Nest is lined with soft materials and soft fine grasses.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Breeding: Egg Colour ..?..   Clutch/s per year.. up to 3.  Eggs per nest  3 - 4.  Incubation  approx. 12 - 14 days.  Fledge approx. 14 days.  Independent approx. another 4 weeks.

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 option - "Avian Health Issues" web page. 
  • 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 53 No. 5 May 1999 Page 100-102
  • A/A Vol 8 No 8 Aug 1954 Page 98 (Orange Chat).
  • A/A Vol 4 No 10 Oct 1950 Page 123.
  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol 8 Issue 7. Feb-Mar 1995 Page 338-342

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