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Crimson Finch Photos

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

I have had a good season with the crimson finches and bred some really nice birds. I took some time out during the week to take a few photos. I hope you like the photos of some of the young. Breeding Crimson Finches has been a successful process, so I will follow this up in […]

Sprouting Seed For Siskins

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

This time of year the siskins both red and yellow are well into the breeding season and sprouting seed is an important part of the diet especially when feeding young. I use a mix of 40% grey striped sunflower, 40% safflower and 20% niger. These 3 seeds sprout at the same time as each other […]

Blue Headed Cordon Bleu Or Blue Cap Finch

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Blue Headed Cordon Bleu – (Uraeginthus cyanocephala) If you have ever seen the blue cap male in his courting dance and noticed the way he fans out his feathers at the front of his forehead forming a type of cap, you will understand why he is called the blue cap. Blue caps are an African […]

Red Faced Red Wing Pytilia – Mutation, Hybrid or Unique Species?

Monday, August 4th, 2008

In Australia, the Pytilia family of finches are popular members of many collections. Most finch breeders confidently talk about Melbas, (green winged Pytilias), Auroras (Red Winged Pytilias), the Yellow Winged Pytilias, which have yellow wings and a red head, but seem to struggle on the details when it comes to the black sheep of the […]

Breeding the Star Finch

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Star Finch (neochmia ruficadua) Found across Northern Australia from the Pilbara, Western Australia to Cape York. The Star Finch species is well established in Australian aviculture. Although there are probably several sub-species of this finch, the birds we keep are probably a mixture of some from the west and some from the east. These birds […]

Gouldian Finches

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Is there a more beautiful finch than the Gouldian? An old friend of mine said they must have been the most beautiful creature ever created and I tend to agree. This is the time of the year when you start to see the results of the past breeding season. The birds are partly through the […]

Western Australian Longtail Finch

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

These birds are one of my favourite finches. I have always had them. The yellow beak defines them from the eastern race, the Hecks Longtail with its somewhat stronger tones of colour and the distinctive red beak. I do not keep the Hecks as I find I need as much room as possible to keep […]

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