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Janet mukri - 2014-06-22
I walk Craig park in Fullerton area, and was thrilled to see two Pintailed Whydahs, but didn't know what type of bird it was. Today I met a bird watcher and his son who were very informative about the species, and told me there are actually 4 males in the park! They are so beautiful and a pleasure to watch!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    What a nice surprise for you. They are beautiful birds, I use to have a male and he was awesome, especially when his tail was full (they molt the tail off and then regrow it).
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Don - 2013-05-15
Just spotted the pin tailed Whyda in my back yard in La Habra Heights, CA (Southern CA). As soon as I saw it I knew it was not in my backyard bird book! Searched the net and found out what it was. I am guessing it escaped a sanctuary or someone had it as s pet.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-15
    Yeah, not the typical backyard bird in your area huh? Glad you could ID it and hope you can locate its place of escape:)
  • Rick - 2014-06-04
    We also live in La Habra Heights and have had a male at our feeders off and on for the past year. Two females or juveniles joined him briefly, but have not returned. My wife and I enjoy his arrival and displays, and the many other birds at our feeds are not particularly afraid of his antics.
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george kallabis - 2014-04-30
I have a large aviary with 6 Zebra finches and thee white doves. The flight area is 8'x15' and the connected heated shed is 6'x8'. I added 6 society finches, waited a week to make sure they are healthy and put the cage in the shed, and they will not come out of their cage dispite opening all 3 doors. Should I force them out?

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Dennis Buss - 2014-03-23
We have a pin tailed whydah Male in our garden. He is extremely aggressive towards all the other garden and wild birds. We had such a lot of birds in the garden they have all disappeared since his arrival at the end of December 2013, he chases them all away, what can we do to stop him chasing all the birds away? He is such a nuisance, I actually would love to see the last of him.

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alimalik - 2014-02-27
I have two pair zebra finch they are not laying egg. I provide nest boxes and nest material, finch are boxes covered with nest material, meeting well, but not laying egg

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khubaib - 2013-12-18
Hi what is the difference between male and female spice finches?

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  • abdur rafay awan - 2014-02-25
    The male has a light orange beak and the female has a dark orange beak. This differernce can hardly be seen.
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Moiz Ur Rehman - 2013-08-17
My 3 zebra finche pairs are laying eggs but not incubating them. 2 of them are laying eggs inside the nest box without making nests, however nesting material is provided to them... while the 3rd pair took their time to do the proper nesting and then the female laid 4 eggs then they stopped entering in the nest and started sitting over the nest rather than inside of it... 

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  • abdur rafay awan - 2014-02-25
    My pure white finch pair is doing the same. The female laid 3 eggs and began to incubate them but stopped incubating after a week. The pair sits outside the nest. Tell me the reason if you find out.
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Jean Susie Martin - 2014-01-14
We have two zebra finches and they have laid 1-2 eggs but we don't know which is the female. They both fight over the nest. They are both white chested but one has a black strip across the chest going from left to right. Could someone please tell me which is which.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Zebra Finches are very easy to sex because the males have orange cheeks and the females don't. See the descriptions of the male and female above... under the 'description' section.
  • Jean Susie Martin - 2014-01-16
    Both of our finches have orange beaks. They can't both be females if one just laid eggs.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Both sexes have orange beaks, but males usually have brighter beaks. When sexing them, look for differences in is the feather color of the cheeks. Males have orange cheek patches and females have no cheek patches.
  • Aj Tyne - 2014-01-22
    Even if they are both females they can still lay eggs -- the eggs will not be fertilized and will not hatch. So perhaps you have two females. If they are fighting over the nest, it might help (I'm not sure) to provide a second nest so each one has a nest to sit on.

    As the others said, both male and female will have orange beaks. The male will also have orange cheek patches on the sides of his face -- these may be bright orange or pale orange but females will not have them.
  • Aj Tyne - 2014-01-22
    They can both be females and still lay eggs. The eggs will not be fertilized and will not hatch into baby birds, but the females will each still lay the eggs. If they are fighting over the nest, it may help to give them each a nest so they can each tend to their own eggs. The males and the females have orange beaks. But the males only have orange patches or spots on the sides of their faces. In some males the orange may be paler and in others very bright, but only males will have the spots on the sides of the face.
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Brenda Clark - 2013-12-22
I am hand feeding 4 Zebra Finch babies and it looks like their crop is on their back, they are feathered, but after feeding they look hunch backed. Is this okay??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    That sounds very odd. The bird's crop, its food storage sack, is on the side of its neck.
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Anonymous - 2013-12-20
Hi I live on durban south africa. A pintail arrived in my yard 2 weeks ago and what fun we have watching him... he bomb dives all the birds who come to my bird feeder... haven't seen a female around...

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