Red crested Finch
. Red crested finch|
The Red crested Finch is a member of the Bunting group.
Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws" web page.
Housing Requirements: Click on "Housing birds" web page for general details on the housing of Non Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.
Best housed as one pair per well planted aviary.
Diet / Feeding: Click on "Feeding birds" web page for general details on the nutrition of Non Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.
Good quality finch mix, seeding grasses and some fruits (e.g. apple) and some leafy green vegetables can be offered. Live food is essential especially at breeding season. Small mealworms, small crickets, aphids and small locusts are ideal. Sprouted or soaked seed if available.
Basic seed mix should include Canary seed, White French Millet, Japanese Millet, and Yellow and Red Panicum.
The young are raised almost entirely on insects. Supplementary rearing food can be offered.
Nesting: A basic overview only.
More details on finch nests and a selection of finch nest photos can be located on the "nests", "finch nests" and "finch nest photos" web pages. Click on "Up" then "nests" then "finch nests" and "finch nests photos" in the navigation bars.
Breeding: Egg Colour - . Clutch/s per year 2 - 3. Eggs per nest 3. Incubation approx. 11 - 13 days. Fledge approx. 14 days. Independent approx. another - weeks.
Red crested Finch young will fledge before they can fly and will be watched by both parents. The cock bird feeds the young after they leave the nest. The hen will start a new clutch while the cock bird is feeding the fledglings.
The young are raised almost entirely on insects.
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.