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Gouldian Finches Can Be Really Great Pets

February 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 194

Gouldian finches, which are among the world's most beautiful birds, are endemic to Australia such that bird fanciers in other parts of the world who take a fancy to these birds have to import them. Although these birds are now listed among Australia's endangered bird species, they can still be obtained under certain conditions.

As social creatures, these finches like to live and go around in pairs or flocks. A pair of these finches may even share the same nest. They are known for their colorful plumage, sporting blue or green feathers on their backs, orange on their heads and red sometimes gray overall feathers with a streak of yellow, white or purple under their bellies. In other words, no one finch has the same color combination as the other, which give these finches their unique attraction.

Size and Color

In average size, these finches measure between 130 and 140 millimeters long. Their plumage has three different color variations. There are red-headed, black-headed, and yellow-headed Gouldian finches. But while their heads differ in color, their bodies are pretty much the same. The most common of the breed are the black-headed Gouldian finches.

It is the explosion of colors that really make these finches wonderful as pets. Their colors include green, brown, blue, black, yellow, grey and red. These colors may be on their underbellies, heads, cheeks, beaks and feet. The most popular of the breed are the black-headed Gouldian finches followed by the red- headed varieties. About half of these finches you will see are black-headed while a quarter of them are red-headed.

Males and Females

Of the Gouldian Finches, the rarest are the yellow-headed ones whose colors differ slightly according to gender. Although males and females essentially sport the same colors, the males have deeper and brighter colors than the females. Their heads, cheeks feathers around the eyes are yellow. It is believed that the female kind of these finches grow less eye-catching colors as a self-defense mechanism. The belief is that the female of these finches grow such plumage to draw less attention when they sit down on their nests to hatch their eggs.

Like other finches, this finch is a seed eater. It also eats insects such as beetles, termites, flies and spiders. Gouldian Finches are quiet birds that generally stay away from centers of human population. Their calls do not carry very far.

Thesefinches make their nests in desolate places like allv birds do. The Gouldian finches when newly hatched have predominantly pink color when their feathers are not yet developed.

Luke Wright is a finch expert. For great information on gouldian finches, visit http://www.finchbirdcare.com.

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