Black throated Finch

Black throated Finch

Other Names: Banded grass finch, Black tailed finch, Parson finch, Black rumped finch, Diggles finch

Size: 10cm

Habitat: Grasslands and open shrub. Always close to water and panadum tree / plains

Distribution:From Cape York to South Queensland and the NSW border.

Black throated Finch

Black throated Finch

Food: Grass seed being the basic source of nutritions apart from catching insects both on the ground and in flight. In the aviary ensure live food is present along with half ripe seeds, grass seeds, millet and canary seeds.

Nesting: A strong nest constructed with harder grass for the walls. The nest is a dome shape with an entrance and is lined with soft grass and feathers.

Breeding: Natural breeding season is between August to April. The male initiates with the female choosing the nest site. Clutch consisting of 4 to 7 eggs. Incubation 12-14 days with the young fledging at around 21 days.

Sexing: Female is smaller to male and has slightly smaller throat patch. The male is also the only one that sings.



After final egg has been laid

Average clutch:

4-7 Eggs

Days to hatch:

12-14 days from incubation

Fledge date:

Generally 21-22 days old

Wean date:

6-8 weeks

First molt:

Start within 8 weeks and completes at 3-4 months old

Sexual maturity

Adult plumage indicates maturity however not to be bred as per all finches until they reach the age of 12 months.

House separately for better breeding results. If housed in a mixed environment ensure only one pair of Parsons are held together. More than one pair creates competition for resources and breeding will not be a good result.

provide adequate nesting options for the birds to choose from. More than likely they will use on of the or alternative make an attempt to build on their own but tho is dependant on what you have included in the aviary or cage for nesting materials. Don’t be surprised if they steal from other nests, this can be a sign that there is not enough materials freely available.

I have had experiences where they have moved nest 2 or 3 times before finally settling. Once they seem settled you can prpeare greens and live foods to be introduced when they young arrive. As per the above table the young will fledge around 21 days. the parents will protect their young when out of the nest leading them back to the nest during the night.

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