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Plum-headed Finch Birds for sale

The Plum-headed finch birds, sometimes called the Cherry finch, is an Australian finch species found in subtropical habitats in Queensland and inland New South Wales. They are relatively common in Australian aviculture, but are less popular than other species because of their protected status (sometime requiring a permit) and somewhat dull coloring. The species is uncommon — but nevertheless available — in the United States and Europe.A list of Finches for sale including Blue Capped Finch, Cordon Blue Finch, Goldfinch Finch, Java Rice Finch, Lady Gouldian Finch, Manikins Finch, Nun Finch.

Breeding

Plum-headed finches breed best in spring and autumn, with a hen bird that is at least 12 months of age. They can be fussy about mate selection, so allowing pairs to form naturally will likely result in better breeding results. Pair bonds are strong. After the death or replacement of a mate, it may take some time for the remaining bird to accept a new partner.

Nesting

A wide variety of artificial nests will be accepted, though they have a preference for a dense shrub just above ground level. They will construct a dome-shaped nest from fine strands of dry grass. Plum-headed finches demand privacy to breed successfully and will not tolerate nest inspections.

EGGS-Plum-Headed Finch

They typically lay 3-6 eggs in each clutch, which are incubated by both parents for approximately 13 days. Young birds fledge the nest at three weeks of age and are usually independent a month later.

The hen will lay around 5 white eggs with an incubation of 12 days. Both sexes will incubate the eggs. It is especially important to increase the amount of live food available while they are raising chicks. The chicks will be almost 4 weeks old when they begin to venture outside the nest. The parental birds will continue to feed the young for a further 4 weeks while they learn to crack seed and feed on their own.

 

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