Oriental Greenfinch
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • Scientific Name:  Carduelis sinica
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:  6
  • Origin / Distribution: Woodlands and grasslands and has adapted to farmlands Orient including China and Japan.
  • Habitat In Wild:  Woodlands and grasslands and has adapted to farmlands.  They migrate in the winter months.
  • Status In Wild:  ?
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Less available than the European Greenfinch.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  ?
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  2nd - 7th
  • Lifespan (estimate):  Up to 10 years.
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic  Hen is a duller colour.
  • Mutations:  No
  • Availability:  Bird dealers.  Not a popular bird and may be hard to acquire.
  • Temperament:  Can be bred as one pair in a cage.  Do well in an aviary.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $120
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx 145 mm (or approx. 6 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx.  25 gms (or almost 1 oz)
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.

Best kept as one Oriental Greenfinch pair in a mixed finch collection in a planted aviary.  Can be bred as one pair in a cage.  Do well in an aviary.

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.

The Oriental Greenfinch requires a good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some young green leafy vegetables.  Live food is not essential but is beneficial.  Mealworms are ideal.  Sprouted or soaked seed if available.  Most birds are not interested in fruits.

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

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:  Mid winter to mid summer.
  • Nesting receptacles:  The hen will build a cup shaped nest in a shrub or dry brush.  Equally it will build a nest in an artificial cup shaped nest. 
  • Nest:  Cup shaped nest made from grasses, coconut fibre and other soft materials.  The hen builds the nest and  is generally built at mid to high height in the aviary.  Nests are often recycled between clutches.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Greenfinches usually reuse the nest for subsequent clutches.  Additional nest materials must be available.

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 Bluish white with spots.  Clutch/s per year  3.  Eggs per nest  3 - 5.  Incubation approx. 14 days.  Fledge approx. 14 days.  Independent approx. another 3 - 4 weeks.

Nest inspection is usually easy and generally well tolerated.  In an aviary, the young can usually be safely left with the parent birds.

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 57 No.12 Dec 2003 Page 257-259 (Inc cover photo).
  • A/A Vol 24 No. 6 Jun 1970 Page 82-88 (Inc photo).
  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol 17 Issue 1. Feb-Mar 2004 Page 19-21

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