Gouldian Finch

Gouldian Finches

Gouldian Finches

DESCRIPTION

The Gouldian Finch is 5 1/2 inches (14cm). It is the most colourful of the Australian finches.  Scarlet head, bordered with narrow black band, followed by a broad turquoise band. Throat and chin black. Breast deep purple, followed by golden-yellow. Neck, wings and tail green. Undertail coverts white. Black tail. Eyes brown, beak white with smudges of red, legs pink tinted. Also black-headed form (most common in wild) and yellow-headed form (rare). Female duller and bill charcoal during season.

NATURAL DISTRIBUTION

Northern Australia, especially Kimberley district.

HABITAT

The Gouldian Finch likes grassy plains with trees, mangrove swamps and thickets, near water.

DIET

Protein-rich foods, vitamins, minerals, soaked and just-sprouted small seeds. Avoid white millet as this causes illness and even death among Gouldians.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Dry, warm (86°F/30°C) aviary at humidity of about 70 per cent.

CAGE LIFE

The Gouldian Finch is a Social bird. Hollow log or half-open nest box 6 X 6 X 10 inches (15 X 15 X 25cm), entrance 2 inches (5cm), which they line with dry or fresh grass, hay or coconut fibre. Don’t furnish materials longer than 4 inches (10cm). Some pairs prolific, others need Bengalese as foster parents. Lay 3 to 8 eggs, incubation 14 to 16 days by both partners, fledging 21 to 24 days. First moult at 8 to 10 weeks, adult colours at 5 months.