Introduction to Australian Finches
Australian grassfinches belong to the family of birds knon as the Estrildidae [The estrildid finches are small passerine birds of the Old World tropics and Australasia. They can be classified as the family Estrildidae, or as a subfamily within the family Passeridae, which strictly defined comprises the Old World sparrows. co wikipedia]
Australia Finches are small, feeding on the grass and seeds of native australia. They have become more popular to breeders around the world due to their beautiful and distinctive colours, quiets songs and lively behaviour. As each finch species comes with its own strengths and challenges the most commonly sold australian finch is the Zebra finch. Its a ideal finch for the beginner due to its adaptive characteristics. The Goulidan finch on the other hand is also widely known for its beauty and elegance however this species of finch requires special care and attention specially in relation to breeding.
You will notice that searching through the list of Finch Species that some of the birds have a noted subspecies. For those who need a quick biology recap, A subspecies describes a group of related organisms that can interbreed and are geographically distinct from others in their species. The subspecies mentioned in AF.com are recognised by most Aviculturists.
Below is a list of Australian Finches recorded in AF.com You will find an information page on each bird along with photographs and private breeder notes. Overtime this database will continue to grow so please feel free to join our newsletter or become members of AF.com.
Types of Australian Finches covered in AF.com:
- Red Browed Finch – Aegitha temporalis
- Beautiful Firetail – Emblema bella
- Red-eared Firetail – Emblema oculata
- Painted Firetail – Emblema picta
- Diamond Firetail – Emblema guttata
- Star Finch (Subspecies included)
- Crimson Finch
- Zebra Finch – Taeniopygia guttata
- Double-barred Finch (Subspecies included)
- Masked Finch – Poephila personata
- Long-tailed Finch (Subspecies included)
- Black-throated Finch (Subspecies included)
- Pictorella Mannikin – Lonchura pectoralis
- Chestnut Breasted Mannikin – Lonchura castaneothorax
- Yellow-rumped Mannikin – Lonchura flavipryamna
- Plum-headed Finch – Aidemosyne modesta
- Blue-faced Parrot Finch – Erythrura trichroa
- Gouldian Finch – Erythrura gouldiae
- Gold Finch
Foreign Finches covered in AF.com:
- Tri-coloured parrot finches
- Blue caps
- Siksin Finches – Yellow and Red
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Common finch diseases
Spotting a sick finch is most of the times an easy task, especially if you know sign to look for. Most sick finches will become very docile and not move at all, they will stay clear of other birds and their activities and almost lost total interest in their surroundings. Food intake will drop and the bird unless treated may not fully recover.
Australia Finches are small, feeding on the grass and seeds of native australia. They have become more popular to breeders around the world due to their beautiful and distinctive colours, quiets songs and lively behaviour.
Navigate your way through the various articles offering great insight into Australian Grass Finches. Finch Care..
Fostering is a term used whereby a pair of birds will care and rear young birds that are from a different pair or species.
These birds will accept the young and care for them until they are fully fledged.
Fostering is normally used when young are abandoned, lost or scared away from their natural parents or due to the unfortunate loss of one or both parents. Fostering
If you are deciding to breed your finches it recommended you get well prepared before you start.
If your birds are already in the nest and laying eggs then hopefully this page will assist you in making sure you have what you need and also be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.
The below are guidelines only and I do ask that you also research the breeding habits of your finch species. Breeding..
How to control aviary pests and predators
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