Grass Finch

Grass Finches

Grass Finches

DESCRIPTION

The Grass Finch is a busy bundle of contrasting earthy tones, with a rather sharp personality. Be careful to provide plenty of space to all pairs in a mixed aviary or the Hecks as they are also known could become bullies giving chase to smaller species of finch.

APPEARANCE

Grass Finches have a silver grayish head with pinky brown back and wings. Black bib, tail and band over the rump.  Their beaks red to orange, but some mutations have yellow beaks. Female Grass Finches are similar in color with a narrower bib. It is extremely difficult to sex for most part.  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 fibre. 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.

Mating call