Blue Faced Parrot Finch – Erythrura trichroa

Blue Faced Parrot Finch – Erythrura trichroa

Other Names: Blue-faced Finch, Green-backed Finch, Blue-headed Parrot Finch

Size: 11-12cm

Habitat: Lowlands to heights of ranges in grassy clearings and lush vegetation of rainforest margins. (Rainforest’s, grasslands and cultivation’s)

Distribution: North east Australia (Eastern part of Cape York Peninsula) The birds also inhabit the Indo-pacific region (New Guinea, Moluccan Islands, etc)

Blue Faced Parrot Finch - Erythrura trichroa

Blue Faced Parrot Finch – Erythrura trichroa

Food: The blue-faced finch will adapt well to captivity and dietary needs will be similar to most finches including a good finch mix, live food and greens.

Nesting: With adequate cover the pair will share nest building responsibilities. The nest is usually a pear-shaped structure that includes an entrance tunnel. The nest is lined with a mixture of coarse and in grass. They will accept a nesting box.

Breeding: A clutch size normally consists of 3-6 eggs. Both parents will share the incubation responsibilities. Young fledge after about 22 days. Best results are shown when breeding in a large planted aviary. These birds have a good tolerance towards other finches so they will go well in a mixed aviary or colony. Try to limit the type parrot finches in one aviary as they will mix and create hybrids. The blue-face is one of the easier parrot finches species to breed.

Egg incubation: Incubation of eggs is carried out by the hen

Sexing: The female is similar to the male however all colours are duller.

Colour Mutations:  Pied Blue-faced parrot Finch (large splashed of white or yellow throughout plumage)
Lutino Blue-faced parrot Finch (Green is replaced by yellow with the blue colour face being replaced by white.)
Grizzle Pied (feathers are partly normal and partly yellow)


Average clutch: 3-6 Eggs
Days to hatch: 12-14 days from incubation
Fledge date: Generally 21-22 days old
Wean date: 5-6 weeks
First molt: 2 months
Sexual maturity Adult plumage indicates maturity however not to be bred as per all finches until they reach the age of 9 months
Status in wild: Secure
Lifespan: 7-8 years
Sexing: Monomorphic

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