Diamond Sparrow

Diamond Sparrow

Diamond Sparrow

DESCRIPTION

The Diamond Sparrow is also known as the Diamond Firetail because of the bright red tail feathers.  Be careful to give plenty of space to all pairs in a mixed aviary or the Diamond Sparrow could become obese in smaller cages.

APPEARANCE

Silver grayish head with a black band over the chest and flanks.  The black band on the flanks are littered with white spots, pretty much the inverse of a dalmatian.    The diamond sparrow boasts a distinct dark red beak.   Female similar in color with a narrower bib. The Diamond Sparrow is difficult to sex for most part as the cock and hen is almost identical.  Mutations of color available.

HABITAT

Australia

BREEDING

Calcium supplements essential for the health of the hen in egg laying. They are good parents who require egg food, greens and soaked or sprouted seed in addition to their normal diet to feed their young. 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.  DOES NOT LIKE TO BE DISTURBED DURING BREEDING.   The hen will easily abandon the nest.