Here are a few of the easier AUSTRALIAN FINCHES to start with.
1. LONG-TAILED GRASSFINCH.
Sleek and attractivly marked, this species comes in two varieties; the LONG-TAILED has a yellow beak whereas the HECKS has a red beak. They are a little difficult to sex, but once a true pair has been found they make excellent breeders. They will breed in a cage and prefer a nest- box for roosting.
THE BICHENO FINCH.
The smallest AUSTRALIAN FINCH, brown, black and white are the main colours, but put together that the BICHENO looks like a miniature owl. Difficult to sex but a rather good breeder who is always active. They will breed in a cage and prefer a nesting box for roosting. They dislike draughts and damp conditions.
THE STAR FINCH.
Pale green and yellow with a bright red face, THE STAR FINCH is usually easy to sex. They breed well, but resent interference with their nest which they will use for roosting out of breeding season.
THE PARSON FINCH.
The neat black bib, grey and fawn plumage make the PARSON a most attractive little fellow. He tends to be a bit inquisitive with other birds and can upset their nesting plans. Quite difficult to sex but is an excellent breeder if in earshot of its own kind. It will breed in a large cage if not disturbed and will use its nest to roost.
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