Star Finch

The star finch, also known as red-faced finch, red-faced grass finch, rufous-tailed finch, ruficauda finch, is characterized by a red beak, with males having a larger face mask. Their numbers have reduced due to the cage-bird trade and they mostly exist in aviaries.

Star Finch

Star Finch

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Estrildidae
Genus Neochmia
Scientific name Neochmia Ruficauda

 

Quick Information

Distribution Northern and Western Australia
Habitat Near rivers in regions of tall grasslands and bushes
Subspecies Neochmia ruficauda subclarescens Neochmia ruficauda clarescens  Neochmia ruficauda ruficauda
Color Olive green, beige yellow with white dots like stars
Size 11cm to 12cm
Wingspan About 16cm
Weight 10g to 13g
Diet Ripe or half-ripe seeds
Lifespan 4 to 8 years
Egg hatching time 13 days
Clutch size 3 to 7
Fledging 15 to 21 days
Singing Ability Found in males
Temperament Active, Independent, Friendly
IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened
Star Finch Pictures

Star Finch Pictures

Star Finch Images

Star Finch Images

Mutations

  • The different color mutations of this species include:
  • Normal red head
  • Normal yellow head
  • Pied red head
  • Pied yellow head
  • Fawn red head
  • Fawn yellow head
  • Fawn pied red head
  • Fawn pied yellow head
  • Cinnamon red head
  • Cinnamon yellow head
  • Cinnamon pied red head
  • Cinnamon pied yellow head

Star finch pet care

The pleasant temperament of this friendly, sociable species makes them excellent show birds and a popular choice for pets.

Housing

A large cage or a planted aviary is best suited for them, helping them to fly about easily. Soft wood or natural branches are a good option for a perch. The cage should have a half open nest box or one with an entrance hole though the finches prefer large wicker baskets to the box.

Star Finch Nest

Star Finch Nest

Star Finch Nest Box

Star Finch Nest Box

Substrate

A clean paper should be placed at the bottom of the cage and changed on a daily basis. Grass and hay form good nest box substrates.

Temperature

The star finches are sensitive to temperature changes and do not like cold, damp weather. They should be kept at a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. During breeding a temperature of 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit is best suited. They need proper sunlight, without which their feathers may become dull.

Baby Star Finch

Baby Star Finch

Star Finch Egg

Star Finch Egg

Temperament

These active birds get along well with their own group as well as birds of other species provided they have a temperament similar to theirs. They are not shy to people and are good to be observed as well as appreciated.

Feeding

Like most finches, they too thrive well on seeds. The Siberian, proso, Japanese and German millets are well suited for them. Their diet should also comprise of kale, broccoli tops, grated carrot, lettuce, chopped spinach and apples. Boiled egg or egg food, cuttlebone, and grit provides adequate nutrition. Fresh water should be provided at the foot of their cage on a regular basis.

Star Finch Photos

Star Finch Photos

Star Finch Birds

Star Finch Birds

Care

These birds are easy to maintain. Their nails grow fast and should be trimmed on a regular basis.

Health problems

These hardy birds seldom suffer from serious ailments. However, exposure to extreme cold may make them fall ill. They should be giving the worming treatment throughout the year. They may also have problems if their toenails are overgrown.

Price

Depending on the mutation, star finches cost around $45-$75 in the US.

Interesting facts

  • While singing, the male star finch stretches its neck and fluffs its head.
  • Though the young star finch leaves its nest after 17 days, they are still fed by the older birds about three more weeks till they become independent.

Reference:

  1. http://www.efinch.com/species/star.htm
  2. http://avrpets.weebly.com/star-finches.html
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_finch
  4. https://sites.google.com/site/wwwdjaviaries/varieties/the-star-finch-neochmia-ruficauda
  5. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/profiles/star-finch-2.aspx

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