Other Names: Yellow-rumped munia. Yellow-tailed finch
Habitat: Tall reeds and woodlands with tall seeding grasses. Also located in and around mangroves.
Distribution: Northern Australia ranging from Derby (West) to Eastern Queensland Border.
Food: Long stalks of seeding grasses. (Germinating millets etc) Live insects and termites.
Nesting: In the wild nests are generally located close to the ground in and amongst tall grasses and reeds. In the aviary nests are fairly higher and tend to prefer building their own nests. However they will use nest boxes but be sure to offer them at different heights.
Breeding: Being very similar in appearance, finding a pair can be tricky. Plus they are known to be rather picky about the right partners.If possible let them select their own partners. Notable success in aviaries over cage breeding. The average clutch consists of four to six eggs with the young leaving the nest at around 21 days.
Sexing: Male and Female colouring is virtually identical. Sexual identification can be determined by males call.
Being located in waremr climates, the yellow-rumped mannikin is susceptible to colder climates and should not be kept below 18 degrees c.
|Incubation:||By both parents|
|Average clutch:||4-6 Eggs|
|Days to hatch:||12-13 days from incubation|
|Fledge date:||Generally 20-22 days old|
|First molt:||Adult plumage is obtained within 3-6 months|
|Sexual maturity||Adult plumage indicates maturity however not to be bred as per all finches until they reach the age of 12 months.|