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Gouldian Finch, Lady Gouldian

Lady Gouldian

Common Names:
Lady Gouldian, Rainbow finch, name sometimes shortened to Gould.

Origin:

Australia

 

Disposition:

Relatively calm, quiet, and independent.

Physical descriptions:

The Lady Gouldian finch measures about 5 inches from head to tail. Many mutations and suspected mutations exist in aviculture, including: red head, yellow head, black head, purple breast, white breast, lilac breast, blue body, seagreen, yellow body or sex-linked pastel, dilute-backed, Australian yellow, blue breasted, cinnamon, lutino, Fallow or red-eye, and dark factor .

Diet:
Like other finches, the Gouldian Finch is a seed eater. During the breeding season, Gouldian Finches feed mostly on ripe or half-ripe grass seeds of sorghum. During the dry season, they forage on the ground for fallen seed. During the wet season, spinifex grass seed  is an important component of their diet. So far Gouldians have been recorded as consuming six different species of grass seed, but during crop analysis, researchers have yet to find evidence of insect consumption.

 

Breeding:

Before deciding to breed your gouldians, you need to make sure you have allotted the space, time, and money it may take to set your birds up for breeding and to accommodate the young which they might produce. You will need a separate cage in which to house the young once they are weaned, and you will need to decide if you are ultimately going to keep the babies or find other homes for them. Once your decision is made, the following guidelines should aid you in breeding your finches:

First, select a male and female that are:

Sexually mature (and at least 6-9 months of age)

Of the same species

Unrelated to each other (do not inbreed)

Physically healthy (not too thin and not too obese, normal appearing feathers and droppings, appear bright and alert)

Free of (potentially genetic) physical defects Bonded to each other

Sexing:

The hen is paler than the cock overall: the color of her back, breast,* and abdomen is less intense, and she has very little if any blue border around her mask. If she is yellow or red headed, she will likely have far more black feathering in her mask than the cock, who only has a thin black border around his mask. When in breeding condition, the hen's beak will become black .

Song:

Songs vary among individual males.

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