African Silverbill

African Silverbill

African Silverbill

The African Silverbill is tame and sociable, often found perching in trees in dense flocks, touching one another. However it is a particularly inactive bird, sitting huddled together for a long period of time. It stays in flocks all year round and usually breeds in loose colony..


APPEARANCE
Silver grayish beak, hence the name, with brown body and a black band over the flanks it has a black tail with a restrictive twitch from side to side while perching .   Female similar in color with a narrower bib. Difficult to sex for most part. Mutations of color available.

HABITAT
Central band of Africa above the equator.  These finches tend to flock, and you will clearly see this in your aviary; they tend to move as a group, even in confined spaces.

 

BREEDING
The nest of the African Silverbill is usually built in the form of a roundish bundle of grasses. It is lined with soft fibers and sometimes feathers, and may be placed in a thick bush or hedge or amongst the creepers on a house. They prefer large wicker baskets but will accept a half open box nest. Provide nesting materials such as grasses, sisal and coco fiber. Like to be high and behind natural cover. Incubation shared by both parents and takes 14 days. Youngsters do best if allowed to remain with the parents for 10 – 12 weeks.

NESTING
At least a 2 foot cage or preferably a 6 foot flight cage in a mixed aviary of passive finch. Prefer a sleeping nest for night time.   The incubation period is about eleven to thirteen days average, and the young fledging in about twenty-one days and becoming independent within a month of fledging.

African Silverbill pair

African Silverbill pair