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star finch

 

Star Finch:

Common Names:

Star Finches

Description:

In the normal form the Star Finch has a bright red face which extends past the cheeks in males. The overal body color of this species is an olive green with a beige yellow underbelly. Tiny white star like dots cover the the crown of the head circling around the outer edge of the eyes to the cheeks and extending from the chin to the chest then down the flanks.

Size: The average size for this species is 4.5in (11cm).

Availability:
Common in Australian aviaries, although a large number of normal Red-faced aviary birds are now carrying the fawn and cinnamon gene in them.

General Care: Overall they are a pretty easy species to maintain but may need frequent nail trims.

Compatibility:
Peaceful. Can be combined with small seedeaters without too many problems.
Housing:

Star Finches can be housed in cages or planted aviaries of mixed species or their own species

Song:

The song is high pitched and can only be heard from a short distance.

Sexing:
The cock has much more colour on the facial area than the hen. His facial mask extends well back past his eyes, under the lower mandible and down the throat.
In poor quality birds this may not be the case.

Breeding season

In the Sydney area it is best to try and breed them during the warmer months of spring,