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.
|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)|
|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|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Least Concern|
|Temperament as pets||Social|
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).
The range of 65°F-80°F is the standard for any finch.
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.
Finch seed mix, canned insects, millets are essential inclusions to their diet. Dandelions, carrots, and cuttlebones are also required for keeping them healthy.
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.
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.
Depending on their age, health, and gender, their price starts from $40 and can be as much as $150.
- The bird has a mention in the book “Roberts Birds of Southern Africa” written by the famous zoologist Austin Roberts.
Video: Red-headed Finch Talking