Cut Throat Finch
The Cut Throat Finch is about 5 inches (12 to 13cm). The body is light tan, mottled with a black bar on each feather, grey-brown on tail and primaries. The male has a bright red band across its throat and cheeks giving the appearance that the throat has been cut, hence the name. The hen is dull, but carries the same coulouring except for the bright red line. The Cut Throat Finch is commonly mistaken for the Red Headed Finch and visa versa.
Cut Throat Finches occur naturally in Africa, south of Sahara, in three subspecies.
Savannah, bush, farmland and near villages, in pairs during breeding, in sometimes large flocks other times. Broods in trees or deserted weaver and sparrow nests.
Insects, sprouted seeds.
Cut Throat Finch need a steady supply of minerals and cuttlefish bone since female susceptible to egg binding. Keep only with species of same size because they destroy nests of smaller birds.
Suitable for both large cages and aviaries. The Cut Throat Finch is a good breeder, should limit to three broods per year. Uses half-open nest boxes, preferring dry grass, feathers, hay and wool. Lays 4 to 9 eggs, incubation 12 to 14 days, fledging 18 to 20 days, incubated and reared by both sexes.