. Purple finch|
Indian Rose Finch = Carpodacus erythrinus - not in Australia. Mexican Rose Finch from Mexico = Carpodacus mexicanus - small numbers in Australia.
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.
Not to be housed with canaries as they will hybridize with canaries.
Can be housed and bred in a cage but does better in an aviary.
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.
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.
Good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple), berries and some leafy green vegetables 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.
Can be fed similar foods as fed to canaries. Soft foods can be offered as a supplementary food.
Nesting: A basic overview only.
Nest inspections are generally not tolerated.
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.
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 . Clutch/s per year 2 - 3. Eggs per nest 4. Incubation approx. 13 days. Fledge approx. - days/weeks. Independent approx. another .. weeks.
Only the hen feeds the young for the first few days then the cock bird helps with the feeding.
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.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.