Peale's Parrotfinch
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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. Peale's parrotfinch
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  • Scientific Name:  Erythrura pealii
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:  ?
  • Origin / Distribution:  Fiji islands
  • Habitat In Wild:  Scrub country and open cultivated farmland.
  • Status In Wild:  Has adapted to live in urban areas. 
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Rare
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  ?
  • Adult plumage: attained at an age of up to 12 months  
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  ?
  • Lifespan (estimate):  approx. ? years
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Colour mutations:  No
  • Availability:  Specialist breeders
  • Temperament: ?
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $3000
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx. - mm (or approx. - inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. - gms (or approx. - ozs)

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 "Housing birds" web page for general details on the housing of Non Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.

The Peale's parrotfinch may be kept with other finches but with their rarity in Australian aviaries it would be best to give each pair an aviary of their own.  If housed as a colony, the dominant pair or pairs may be the only birds to successfully rear young.

The Peale's parrotfinch prefers a well planted aviary; dense shrubs and tall grasses are ideal.  The aviary should have long open areas to allow the birds plenty of flying space.  Controlled environment conditions may improve the productivity of the remaining birds in Australia.  Indoor cabinet breeding can be successful.

Only one species of Parrotfinches should be housed in each aviary as they may hybridize with any of the other species of Parrotfinches.  Spare cock birds should not be housed with breeding pairs..

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 Peale's parrotfinch requires a good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple, figs), berries and some leafy green vegetables such as silverbeet can be offered.  Live food is essential at breeding season.  Mealworms, 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.

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:  Spring to early autumn.
  • Nesting receptacles:  Usually built in thick foliage.  Prefers dense shrubs or dry brush such as tea tree but will nest in a half open nest box.
  • Nest:  The Peale's parrotfinch build a domed pear shaped nest with grasses, coconut fibre and other suitable materials, usually with an tunnel entrance.  Nest is lined with feathers and soft fine grasses such as Swamp or November grass.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Breeding: Egg Colour White.  Clutch/s per year  3.  Eggs per nest  2 - 4.  Incubation approx. 13 - 14 days.  Fledge approx.  21days.  Independent approx. another 3 - 4 weeks.

Bengalese can be used as foster parents for the Peale's parrotfinch.

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 31 No. 12 Dec 1977 Page 177-181 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 19 No 9 Sept 1965 Page 122-124.
  • A/A Vol 19 No 4 Apr 1965 Page 63.
  • Australian Birdkeeper

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