Grey Singing Finch
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • Scientific Name:  Serinus leucopygius
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:  3
  • Origin / Distribution:  Narrow band across northern central Africa just below the Sahara.
  • Habitat In Wild:  ?
  • Status In Wild:  ?
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Less available than the Green Singers.  Pairs may be hard to acquire.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  ?
  • Adult plumage: attained at about ? months  
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  2nd - 6th.
  • Lifespan (estimate):  About 10 years.
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic,  but differences are very subtle.
  • Mutations:  None known. Will easily hybridize with the Green Singer.
  • Availability:  Bird dealers.
  • Temperament:  They are good singers.  They are active, hardy birds that will breed in a cage or aviary.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $500
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx.130 mm (or about 4.5 inches)
  2. Colour ("normal" colour): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. 16-18 gms (or approx. 1/2 ozs)
Aviary Notes:

Read notes on "Finches - Non 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 Non Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.

Can be housed and bred in canary style indoor cages as well as small outdoor planted aviaries.

Although they can be kept with other finches, only one pair of Grey Singers should be housed per aviary.  This should minimize the chances of aggression or injury occurring.  Grey Singing Finches are territorial in an aviary, particularly around the nest.

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

Good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple) and some leafy green vegetables can be offered.  Live food is not essential in the non-breeding season but is beneficial at breeding season.  Mealworms, 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.

Grey Singing Finches have a similar feed requirement as Canaries and the "soft foods" as provided for Canaries will be consumed by Grey Singing Finches.

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:   Spring to autumn.
  • Nesting receptacles:  The hen will build a nest in a shrub or dry brush such as tea tree.  Equally it will build a nest in a wide variety of artificial nests.  Will use a half open nest box or a canary nest.
  • Nest:  Made from a variety of materials including grasses, teased short pieces of hessian, coconut fibre.  Swamp grass, November grass and Pampas grass are good.  Nest is lined with feathers and soft materials.
  • Who incubates the eggs:  Hen / cock / both share.

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 Whitish with brown-purple spots.  Clutch/s per year 2 - 3.  Eggs per nest 2 - 4.  Incubation approx. 13 - 14 days.  Fledge approx. 20 - 21 days.  Independent approx. another 3 - 4 weeks. The cock bird feeds the young after the young leave the nest.

Young should be removed from the parent birds as soon as they are fully independent so as to avoid possible aggression from a parent and to allow the hen to care for the next clutch with out interference from the young birds.

Will hybridize with the canary and has similar breeding and feed requirements as the canary.

They prefer to nest high up in the aviary.

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  51  No. 12  Dec  1997  Page 265-266
  • Australian Birdkeeper

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