Plum Headed Finch – Aidemosyne modesta

Plum Headed Finch – Aidemosyne modesta

Other Names: Plumhead, Plum-capped Finch, Modest Finch, Cherry Finch, Plain-coloured Finch

Size: 11cm

Habitat: Near swamps or rivers. In tall grass or shrubbery of nearby floodplains.

Distribution: From Northern Queensland  southward through the interior of eastern Australia to new South Wales.

Food: In the wild they will feed on seeds found on the ground or close to it. Live food, Greens and a good finch mix will keep the finches happy whilst in the aviary environment.

Plum Headed Finch - Aidemosyne modestaPlum Headed Finch - Aidemosyne modesta

Plum Headed Finch – Aidemosyne modesta

Nesting: Builds a small dome nest that is slightly taller than it is wide. Made with green grasses and no entrance tunnel, the nest is sometimes lined with feathers. The nest are built low to the ground and usually made in amongst dense shrub an live grass.

Breeding: With clutch sizes between 4-6 eggs, the parents will share incubation responsibilities during the day. The nest is shared by both parents during the night. The young  will be fully fledged at about 21 days. Try not to disturb the nest during the breeding period.

Sexing: Males have a dark spot below the beak which is not present on the female.



By both parents

Average clutch:

4-6 Eggs

Days to hatch:

12-14 days from incubation

Fledge date:

Generally 21 days old

Wean date:


First molt:


Sexual maturity

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

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