Red-headed Finch

Red-headed finches or Amadina erythrocephala are sought after because of their extensive breeding capacity. They are bred for their vivacious colors and sociable personality. Their easy-going nature allows them to live with other birds like spice finch and java finch. Native to Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Namibia, these birds are larger than its cousin cut-throat finch.

Red-headed Finch

Quick Information

Other names Red-headed weaver, paradise finch, aberdeen finch
Color Males have a red head and gray body, females and  juveniles are duller
Size 6-7 in (14-17 cm)
Weight 0.6-0.8 oz (19-24 gram)
Distribution Southern Africa
Habitat Wooded forests, arid and semi-arid areas, and Savanna grasslands
Diet Insects like worms, butterflies, ants; they prefer to feed themselves from the ground
Breeding age Attains sexual maturity at 6 months but 1 year is preferable
Breeding season Throughout the year
Clutch size 4-8 eggs
Incubation period 12-14 days
Fledging 21-24 days
Lifespan 5-10 years
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Temperament as pets Social
Maintenance requirements Medium
Noise level Medium
Talking ability Low

As Pets

Housing

Considered to be a larger species of finch, these birds require spacious finch cage. You can house one breeding pair or multiple finches together as they tend to get along well. But, for that, arrange a bigger cage so that they don’t feel restricted. You may put them in walk-in-aviaries or flight cages as well.

Keep a nest box having a minimum size of 4X5X6 inches (preferably wooden).

Red Headed Finch Nest

Finch with Red Head

Temperature

The range of 65°F-80°F is the standard for any finch.

Temperament

These otherwise tender birds gel with other birds and can stay happy with their partner. In the wild, they are monogamous and when caged, it would be lovely to see their courtship with their partner. They tend to be aggressive during the breeding season. You should observe their behavior when they are housed together with other finches as the aggression might lead to fights.

Feeding

Finch seed mix, canned insects, millets are essential inclusions to their diet. Dandelions, carrots, and cuttlebones are also required for keeping them healthy.

Images of Red Headed Finch

Red Head Finch

Care

Keeping the bird and the cage clean is your most important thing. Also, your association will help the bird recognize you and be obedient. Not all red-headed finches are able to mimic, but they do have the potential, so don’t be surprised if yours can imitate some words.

Health problems

Aspergillosis or fungal infection, diarrhea, calcium deficiency, bumblefoot are common things that might trouble your finch. Consult a professional vet if you notice any unusual symptoms.

Red Headed Finch Image

Red Headed Finch Bird

Price

Depending on their age, health, and gender, their price starts from $40 and can be as much as $150.

Interesting Facts

  • The bird has a mention in the book “Roberts Birds of Southern Africa” written by the famous zoologist Austin Roberts.

Red Headed Finches

Red Headed Finch Picture

Video: Red-headed Finch Talking

References

  1. http://www.efinch.com/species/redhead.htm
  2. http://www.birdsinsa.com/birds/amadinaerythrocephala.htm
  3. http://www.zebrafinch.com/Gouldians/RedHeadFinch.html
  4. https://thefinchweekly.com/2017/04/09/red-headed-finch/
  5. http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatbirdblog/2012/01/18/the-natural-history-and-captive-care-of-the-red-headed-finch-or-paradise-sparrow/#.W5EQzc4zbal

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