. Redpoll finch
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- Scientific Name: Carduelis flammea
- Common Name/s:
REDPOLL FINCH, REDPOLL, LESSER REDPOLL.
- Sub Species in country / area of origin: 5
- Origin / Distribution:
Migratory species found in Asia, Europe, and North America.
- Habitat In Wild:
Varies widely. Has adapted to urban areas and farmlands.
- Status In Wild:
Secure. Has established as a feral wild population in New
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity:
About 12 months
- Adult plumage: attained at about
- Best breeding years (estimate):
12 months - 4th year.
- Lifespan (estimate):
About 7 years.
- Sexing: Monomorphic
- Mutations: Yes,
Can be a difficult bird to breed in Australia. Redpoll finches
have been easily bred overseas in captivity for hundreds of years.
Australia's small gene pool may make it less successful here.
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $2000
- Description Of Adults:
- Length: Approx. 115 mm (or approx
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. 10 - 12 gms (or Less than 1/2
on "Finches - Non Australian" web page
and use in conjunction with details
outlined on this page.
Level Of Knowledge Required:
Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations &
By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws"
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.
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.
Although they can be kept with other
finches, only one pair of Redpoll finches should be housed per aviary. This
should minimize the chances of aggression or injury occurring. It
is best to keep them only with smaller species of finch. Their
open nest is easily disturbed by other birds.
They do well in an aviary that has
shrubs with dense foliage. However, they may pick off leaves and
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
As a migratory bird covering a wide
geographical distribution, they have adapted to accept a wide variety of
seeds, fruits and green leaf plants in their diet.
Good quality finch mix, seeding grasses
and some fruits (e.g. apple) and green leafy vegetables. Live food is essential especially at breeding season.
Medium size mealworms, small crickets, small cockroaches 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.
A basic overview only.
- Roosting nest:
Yes / No
- Nesting months:
Spring to early autumn.
- Nesting receptacles:
Will build a open cup shaped nest in a shrub or dry brush such as
shaped nest is made from grasses and other suitable materials.
Will use commercial canary nests. Plastic or wire Canary nests
must be provided for pairs housed in a cage.
- Nest: Both parents
build a cup shaped nest. Nest is lined
with soft materials including soft fine grasses feathers.
- Who incubates the eggs:
Hen / cock / both share.
Nest inspection is easy and generally tolerated especially in birds
housed in cages. Parent birds
generally reuse the nest for subsequent clutches. Adequate new
nest material must be available for the birds to rebuild the old nest or
build a new nest for the next clutch. Adequate spare nest
receptacles must be available for pairs nesting in artificial nests
before the current clutch leave the nest.
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.
Egg Colour Whitish. Clutch/s
per year 2 - 3. Eggs per nest 2 - 5. Incubation
approx. 14 days. Fledge approx. 15 - 18 days.
Independent approx. another 2 - 3 weeks.
Pair bonding is strong.
Young should be removed from the parent
birds as soon as they are fully independent so as to avoid possible
aggression from a parent or the interference to subsequent clutches.
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" web page.
- Australian Aviculture
- A/A Vol 23 No 9 Sept 1969 Page
- A/A Vol 2 No 3 Mar 1948 Page 28.
- Australian Birdkeeper
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