Red headed Parrotfinch
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • Scientific Name: Erythrura cyaneovirens
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:  5
  • Origin / Distribution:  New Caledonia
  • Habitat In Wild: ?
  • Status In Wild: ?
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity: secure
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: About 6 months.
  • Adult plumage: attained at about - months  
  • Best breeding years (estimate): 2nd - 6th.
  • Lifespan (estimate): approx. 8 years
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Colour mutations: Yes
  • Availability: Bird dealers
  • Temperament: Generally very active birds. Usually easy to breed in an aviary. Can be bred in a large canary style cage. Generally a good breeder in a large planted aviary and does best as one pair of red faced parrot finches per mixed species aviary.  Suitable for inclusion in a mixed collection.  May breed year round but breeding should be discouraged during the winter months.  Breeders who are trying to produce a specific colour mutation usually bred one pair in a large canary style cage.  Can be bred as a colony in a large aviary.  Best breeding results occur in the aviary.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $80
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx. - mm (or approx. - inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. - gms (or approx. - ozs)

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.

Only one species of Parrotfinches should be housed in each aviary as they may hybridize with any of the other species of Parrotfinches.  Spare cock birds should not be housed with breeding pairs.

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 green leafy vegetables.  Live food is essential especially at breeding season to obtain optimal results.  Mealworms are ideal, also small crickets and small locusts can be offered.  Sprouted or soaked seed if available.

Basic seed mix should include Canary seed, White French Millet, Japanese Millet, and Yellow and Red Panicum.

Nesting: A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months: Spring to autumn.
  • Nesting receptacles: Prefers dense shrubs or dry brush such as tea tree but will nest in a variety of commercially available cane baskets or a half open nest box.
  • Nest: Domed nest is built with grasses and other suitable materials, usually with an tunnel entrance.  Nest is lined with soft fine grasses and some may use feathers.  Nest is usually built in the mid to upper part of the aviary.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share. Hen during the night with both sharing during the day.

Some pairs will not tolerate nest inspections.

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 White.  Clutch/s per year  3.  Eggs per nest 4 - 6.  Incubation approx. 14 days.  Fledge approx. 21 days.  Independent approx. another 21 - 28 days.

Hens should be allowed time to fully mature before commencing breeding. Best results are achieved if the hen is 12 months old prior to starting breeding. Pair bonds are not strong and the red faced parrotfinch can usually be "re-paired" fairly easily and quickly.

A leg ring can be placed on the leg of the young bird as soon as it leaves the nest.

The young can generally be left with their parents after they become independent.

May breed year round but breeding should be discouraged during the winter months.

Only one species of Parrotfinches should be housed in each aviary as they may hybridize with any of the other species of Parrotfinches.

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

  • A/A Vol 16 No 7 Jul 1962 Page 97.
  • A/A Vol 14 No. 10 Oct 1960 Page 133-134.
  • A/A Vol 14 No. 8 Aug 1960 Page 115-116.
  • A/A Vol 11 No 11 Nov 1957 Page 170-172.
  • A/A Vol  7 No 2 Feb 1953 Page 27.
  • A/A Vol  2 No 1 Jan 1948 Page 13-15.
  • Australian Birdkeeper

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