Red crested Finch
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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. Red crested finch
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  • Scientific Name: Coryphospingus cucullatus
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin: ?
  • Origin / Distribution: South America
  • Habitat In Wild: ?
  • Status In Wild: ?
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity: Rare.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
  • Adult plumage: attained at about ? months
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  ?
  • Lifespan (estimate): approx. ? years
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic The hen does not have the crest.
  • Colour mutations: ?
  • Availability: Specialist breeders.
  • Temperament: Usually have a peaceful nature, but do not like to be disturbed during the breeding season.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $2000
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx. 150 mm (or approx. 6 inches)
  2. Colour ("normal" colour): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. - gms (or approx. - ozs)

The Red crested Finch is a member of the Bunting group.

Aviary Notes:

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.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:   Spring to autumn
  • Nesting receptacles:   The hen builds the nest.
  • Nest:  Nest is lined with feathers and soft fine grasses.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

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.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site. Refer above option - "Avian Health Issues" web page.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture

  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol 12 Issue 12. Dec-Jan 2000 Page 619-621 (Red Crest Finches)

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