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 Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.
Two aviaries are required for each pair as it is recommended that the cock bird is removed to another aviary during the non breeding season. The cock bird is reintroduced prior to the commencement of the breeding season.
Can be housed in a cage for its singing but for good breeding results an aviary is preferable.
May be kept with other finches in a very large planted aviary but with their rarity in Australian aviaries it would be best to give each pair an aviary of their own.
Diet / Feeding: Click on "Softbills" web page for general details on the nutrition of Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.
Require a variety of insects for good breeding results. Generally a tidy eater, not scattering its food.
Require a variety of insects for good breeding results. Mealworms, crickets, locusts, grasshoppers, cockroaches, slaters and other suitable insects should be offered to the birds.
Nesting: A basic overview only.
Breeding: Egg Colour .?. Clutch/s per year 2. Eggs per nest 3 - 5. Incubation approx. 13 days. Fledge approx. 17 - 20 days. Independent approx. another 2 - 4 weeks.
The mating process is a rather aggressive affair and it is best to breed them in a well planted aviary so the hen can escape unwanted attention.
The cock bird shares the feeding of the young. The young are fed by both parents for up to 2 weeks after they have left the nest. The young are fed entirely on insects for the first few weeks.
Young should be removed from the parent birds as soon as they are fully independent so as to avoid possible aggression from a parent. This will also allow the hen to start another clutch.
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.