. Pekin robin
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- Scientific Name:
(Click on photo to enlarge)
- Common Name/s:
PEKIN ROBIN, RED BILLED LEIOTHRIX.
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
- 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".
- Length: Approx. 150 mm (or approx 6 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo above -
top right of page. (Click on photo to enlarge).
- Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx. ? ozs)
Level Of Knowledge Required:
Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations &
By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws"
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
Insects form the majority of its food
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.
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.
Egg Colour White with orange /brown spots on the larger
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.
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"
- 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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