Spice Finch

DESCRIPTION

Spice finches are generally coloured with a dark brown head and black beak, white chest with each chest feather individually lines in dark brown and a brown back and tail. The sexes are identical with the Spice finch. The male will sing a nearly inaudible song, and stretch his neck and turn from side to side a bit when performing his courtship song. Unless you are sexing via DNA this is really the only easy way to sex them. The usual methods such as beak shape seem to be unreliable.

KNOWLEDGE AND CARE NEEDED

The Spice finch can usually be enticed to breed and is one of the easier Mannikin/Munia to get into the nestbox (except of course the Society finch). They will take a standard finch box with either a half open or hole entrance. In this they will stuff a variety of coarse grasses and hay and line the nest with either fine grass or a few feathers. The clutches ranged from 4-8 eggs. Incubation is approximately 14 days. The dusky colored young emerge after 19-23 days and were fed the same daily diet as the parents usually received. They are independent in 2-3 weeks after fledging.

DIET

Diet consists of foreign finch seed mix. They readily take eggfood ( which could be mixed with cous cous ). They tend to not eat many greens. Occasionally a spray of millet. Always supply cuttlefish bone and oyster shell grit.

COURTSHIP DISPLAY

  • Having observed the cock bird displaying to the hen, he held a piece of coconut fibre in his beak and jumped up and down many times,
    both feet leaving the floor.

  • They often do a lot of wiping their beak on the perch then sing turned towards the hen.

HOUSING

  • Can be housed in cages or indoor flights.

  • During Summer they may have access to an aviary.

  • During frosty conditions heating is required for the Birdroom.

  • They should not be exposed to cold, draughty, wet conditions.