. Oriental greenfinch
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- Scientific Name: Carduelis sinica
- Common Name/s: ORIENTAL
GREENFINCH, CHINESE GREENFINCH.
- 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:
- Length: Approx 145 mm (or approx. 6 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. 25 gms (or almost 1 oz)
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"
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
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.
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.
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
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" web page.
- 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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