THE GOULDIAN FINCH.
Probably the most spectacular of the AUSTRALIAN FINCHES, the gouldian is well known for its breath taking colours. It is easy to sex and will breed in cage or avairy. It is most successful when in a minimum temperature of 13c.(55F) can be maintained, and a temperature of 15 c (60F)is desirable when breeding.A dark nest box is prefered and chicks can be reared on seed and soft food.
A larger, handsome bird in black, white and red, the DIAMOND FIRETAIL can be a bit of a bully, They are best kept in an avairy as they are not suited to cage life. Excellent breeders once a pair is established, the DIAMOND FIRETAIL is a hardy bird whose courtship behaviour and nesting habits add interest to any collection.
The alternative name for this species is the MODEST FINCH, and the subdued colouring of this bird is one of its attractions. They are easy to sex and given privacy and no interference will breed in an avairy. Cage breeding is possible but more difficult.
CHESTNUT BREASTED FINCH.
One of the AUSTRALIAN MANNIKINS, this is a handsome bird in shades of brown, grey and white, sexes are similar. Once established a pair will breed in cage or avairy and will rear their young on seed supplemented by a soft rearing food.
The most difficult grassfinch to breed, the MASKED is hard to sex and sometimes true pairs seem incompatible. They prefer to nest with other birds ofthe same species within earshot. They will always use a roosting nest.
BLUE-FACED PARROT FINCH.
Bright blue, greend fiery red are the colours of this delightful species, much more at home in an avairy than in a cage it will breed readily.
RED-HEADED PARROT FINCH.
The most beautiful and livly addition to any collection.It needs a really large flight cage or avairy. They are difficult to sex, but once a true pair is established they will be profolic breeders.