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- An Australian Softbill
- Scientific Name: Epthianura
- Common Name/s:
- 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:
- Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
- Best breeding years (estimate):
Lifespan about 6 years.
- Sexing: Monomorphic
- 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:
- Length: Approx. 120 mm (or approx 5 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx. ? ozs)
There are 5 species of Australian Chats. They are nomadic
Level Of Knowledge Required:
Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced
/ Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations &
By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws"
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
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
- 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.
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.
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"
- Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep
updating your knowledge and skills.
Refer to references listed on "Book 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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