Pekin Robin
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • Scientific Name: Leiothrix lutea                                            (Click on photo to enlarge)
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin: 6
  • Origin / Distribution: From the Himalayas to China.
  • Habitat In Wild: ?
  • Status In Wild:  Has CITES Appendix II listing.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity: Secure. Numbers are improving.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
  • Best breeding years (estimate): ?
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic (Similar but visual sexing is possible)
  • Colour mutations: No
  • Availability: Specialist breeders. Some bird dealers.
  • Temperament: Has a pleasant song, they are inquisitive birds and will become fairly tame and take food from the breeders hand. The attractive plumage has made the Pekin Robin a sought after bird both for the bird breeders as well as a pet.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $1,500
  • Description Of Adults: The Pekin Robin is not a "Robin".
  1. Length: Approx. 150 mm (or approx 6 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo above - top right of page. (Click on photo to enlarge).
  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 "Softbills" web page for general details on the housing of Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

The Pekin Robin prefers a well planted aviary.  Only one pair per aviary.  If more than one cock bird is in the same aviary, the cock birds can become aggressive to each other during the breeding season.

Pekin Robins like to bathe.  This helps these birds keep their plumage in top condition.

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

Insects form the majority of its food intake.

The Pekin Robin requires a good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple, figs), some berries and some leafy green vegetables can be offered.  Live food is essential especially at breeding season.  Mealworms, crickets, small commercially bred cockroaches and small locusts are ideal.  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:  ?
  • Nesting receptacles: Will build a nest in a shrub or dry brush. They will use a wooden nest box with the top half of the front removed.
  • Nest:  The Pekin Robin will build a cup shaped nest out of grasses, twigs, mosses, short pieces of teased hessian and other materials. Nest is lined with feathers, soft materials and soft fine grasses. May use a half open nest box. If a nest box is to be used, the box should be placed in a concealed place preferably behind some shrubbery to provide some privacy for the birds.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Adequate spare nest receptacles must be available for pairs nesting in artificial nests before the current clutch leave the nest.  Adequate new nest material must be available for the birds to rebuild the old nest or build a new nest for the next clutch.

Breeding: Egg Colour White with orange /brown spots on the larger end.  Clutch/s per year 2 - 3.  Eggs per nest 3 - 4.  Incubation approx. 14 days.  Fledge approx. 12 - 14 days.  Independent approx. another 3 - 4 weeks.

Pekin Robin breeding pairs can be offered softbill rearing foods.  They usually moult in autumn.

Young should be removed from the parent birds as soon as they are fully independent so as to avoid possible aggression from a 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.

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 54 No. 1 Jan 2000 Page 17-20
  • A/A Vol 50 No. 9 Sept 1996 Page 209-213 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 31 No. 9 Sept 1977 Page 128-129 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 20 No 3 Mar 1966 Page 42, 44, 47 (Inc colour plate).
  • A/A Vol 14 No. 8 Aug 1960 Page 105-107, 118-119 (Inc colour plate).
  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol  7 Issue 5. Oct-Nov 1994 Page 220-224

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