Yellow rumped Finch
Read notes on "Finches - 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" page.
Housing Requirements: Click on "Housing birds" web page for general details on the housing of Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.
The Yellow rumped finch will hybridize with many other finch species
(Munias) so care must be taken
to avoid this possibility. Maintaining a genetically pure species
is essential. One pair per aviary is the ideal situation to
maximize breeding results.
Can be housed in a planted aviary, small aviary or a large canary style
A single pair can be bred in a large canary style breeder cage (or cabinet).
Diet / Feeding: Click on "Feeding birds" web page for general details on the nutrition of Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.
The Yellow rumped finch requires a good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple) and some green leafy vegetables. Sprouted or soaked seed if available. Live food is not essential but is beneficial especially during breeding season. Mealworms are ideal, small crickets and small locusts are also liked. The best breeding results are generally obtained from the pairs that feed live foods to the young.
Basic seed mix should include Canary seed, White French Millet, Japanese Millet, and Yellow and Red Panicum.
Unlike the Chestnut breasted finch, the Yellow rumped finch, in the wild, rarely feeds on the ground.
Nesting: A basic overview only.
If large wire baskets are used, it can
be loosely filled with nesting material and a cavity pushed into the
centre of the material with a hand or fist. This will leave an
entrance hole and the birds can finish the nest building and line the
nest. Before the next clutch has commenced, the old nest can be
partially or fully removed, new nest material added to the basket and
allow the birds to finish the new clean nest. Adequate nest
material must be available throughout the breeding season.
Breeding: Egg Colour White. Clutch/s per year 1 or 2, occasionally 3. Eggs per nest 4 - 6. Incubation approx 13 - 14 days. Fledge approx. 21 days. Independent approx. another 21 - 28 days. The young may return to the nest for about 7 days.
The Yellow rumped finch is generally a difficult bird to breed in captivity. Good results can be achieved in a colony in a large planted aviary. In the wild these birds have a strong social structure and they retain this in the aviary and like to be in a group of Yellow rumped finches. A single pair can be bred in a large canary style breeder cage. Young should be removed from the parents after they have become fully independent.
The Yellow rumped finch will hybridize with many other finch species (Munias) so care must be taken to avoid this possibility. Maintaining a genetically pure species is essential.
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.