Red headed Parrotfinch
. Red headed parrotfinch|
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.
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.
Good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple) and green leafy vegetables. Live food is essential especially at breeding season to obtain optimal results. Mealworms are ideal, also small 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.
Some pairs will not tolerate nest inspections.
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 White. Clutch/s per year 3. Eggs per nest 4 - 6. Incubation approx. 14 days. Fledge approx. 21 days. Independent approx. another 21 - 28 days.
Hens should be allowed time to fully mature before commencing breeding. Best results are achieved if the hen is 12 months old prior to starting breeding. Pair bonds are not strong and the red faced parrotfinch can usually be "re-paired" fairly easily and quickly.
A leg ring can be placed on the leg of the young bird as soon as it leaves the nest.
The young can generally be left with their parents after they become independent.
May breed year round but breeding should be discouraged during the winter months.
Only one species of Parrotfinches should be housed in each aviary as they may hybridize with any of the other species of Parrotfinches.
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.