Animal Stories - Types of Finches


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Norma Voge - 2011-07-28
Norma Voge - 2011-07-28
I live in Chino Hills as well, I've had one in my backyard for about three days now. My family and I have been enjoying his antics very much. He's been chasing all other birds out of my yard. We had seen one two years ago. That time my husband and I witnessed his courtship. It was the most beautiful display of moves. He would shake his tail and then fly up, and with the help of his tail, would drop down spinning it like a pair of helicopter rotor blades. It was truly fascinating. We're hoping to get to see this again

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    I'd just have to pick it up
  • irene - 2011-09-20
    Glad you posted. I'm in Diamond Bar, and a male in full plumage showed up today and chased my zillions of common yard birds away. Then he strutted about the patio, eating millet seeds, since I don't put out anything fancy. It occurs to me that I photographed a bird I didn't recognize two days ago, and it may be his female. But where would they lay eggs? I have no waxbills...all my finches are common house finches, and a half dozen wandering spice finches (just had a brood of about 10 little ones show up 3 days ago, to feed each morning). Do you know if the whyda would follow the spice finches, or use their nest?
  • Louise Ridinger - 2011-10-10
    10/10/11 I also live in Chino Hills and have had so much fun watching the pintailed whydahs. There is a male in full plumage and two females. They have been here for about two months and often come when I "call". Even though I thought this was a rariety, it has been so much fun! God is so good!
  • Linda - 2012-06-14
    We live in Chino Hills and saw a whydah for the first time this evening. He is so beautiful! How can we encourage him to stay around?
  • jane Barber - 2012-07-21
    I spotted a pin-tailed whydah iin my backyard on July 19 and 21, 2012. This year l bad blue birds nesting in my back yard, but last year I did not. So, my whydah may be taking advantage of other bird's nests -Like the many finches l have in my back yard. I live on the west side of Pensacola.
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KayDee - 2012-07-18
Seen 18 July 2012 in Pensacola, FL - male and female together. Earlier saw a male bluebird accompanied by three sparrow-like young. Wonder if the Whydahs had parasitized the bluebirds nesting in my yard since there appears to be a pair.

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bob - 2012-04-21
I was told we can not import strawberry finches into the USA anymore. Is that true?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-21
    I don't think you can import any parrots into the United States anymore but will double check.
  • Lee Worton - 2012-05-26
    I also heard, we can't import. But a person already breeding them inside the US is different, that is NOT importing. I have been looking for years for strawberry finches and was not able to find any.
  • sonali - 2012-07-15
    These birds are so good and cute I think I want to import into India.
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DB - 2012-06-26
Just picked up fairly big cage and a male/female finch, they have food/water/bird bath 6 driftwood sticks to sit on and a bird house in the cage so they have plenty to do! I also put the cage by the window so they can look out, so far they seem happy and active and sometimes chirp alot, which must mean they're happy.  Id like to add some birds, so what do you suggest for an addition and how many of what?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-26
    What size do you mean by 'fairly big?'  I wouldn't put anything other than finches with finches.  They aren't overly large, they are quite social and would get along with other finches.  I would be concerned with other birds unless you intent to house them in a different cage.  Depending on the saice of the cage you have - you could add additional finches.
  • DB - 2012-06-26
    Cage is 30x25 and BTW I just saw an egg on the floor of the cage LOL am surprised she didn't lay it in the bird house I made. Anyway their still cheerful and happy from the sounds of things
  • DB - 2012-06-26
    BTW do they need to be covered at nite??
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-26
    They don't need to be covered at night but make sure not under a fan or in a draft.  You could put another pair of finches in that size cage but set up 3 nest boxes for the two pair. 
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Matias - 2007-03-06
Con respecto al diamante papagayo (erythrura psittacea)para mi no es dificil de criar,el secreto esta en la dieta dando una buena mescla de semillas ,frutas y berduras mas el alimanto balanciado para pollos bb,conchilla ,carbon de leņa y arcilla, que es lo que yo uso y me da muy buen resultado.No uso calefaccion ,los crio en un jaulon, barias parejas juntas pero no les dejo los huevos los recolecto y se los pongo a los mananes, auque no sea natural ,los manones son mejores padres. (Y lo mas importante de todo ponerles baņadera todos los dias sin importar la temperatua ambiente).
Translated to English: With respect to the diamond papagayo (erythrura psittacea) mine is not difficult to raise, the secret is in the diet giving a good mix of seeds, fruits and berduras but alimanto balanciado for chickens bb, conchilla, coal of leņa and clay, that is what I use and gives very good resultado. No use me heating, crio in jaulon, together even baryes but I do not leave eggs them I collect them and I put them to mananes, auque is not natural, manones are better parents. (and but the important thing of everything to put to them all the days without concerning temperatua baņadera atmosphere).

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Aelexa - 2012-05-27
I have 5 zebra finches. I tried 6, but the newcomer wasn't readily accepted and actually got out the window! Anyway, 3 females, 2 males and 4 nests. My question is this - Blanche (the white one) has trouble laying her eggs. She will sit on the floor and eventually her eggs end up at the bottom of the cage. After seeing this, I picked up 2 and put them in different nests. There is not really any 'ownership' of nests at this point. I found later that the eggs had been thrown out. All of them. I made sure to put them in with other eggs...these birds are perplexing to say the least! I enjoy watching them!! Now there are eggs in 3 nests (a total of 9) - with 5 in one and 2 in the other 2. None of the birds actually sit on the eggs. I guess what I'm concerned about is that they will have all these eggs, but there will never be any young! The birds - as of right now - are roughly 4 months old. My guess is they are just too young to know what to do...? Any suggestions are appreciated!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-27
    They are young and they haven't figured out what they are doing yet. Might take a couple of clutches. However, the female doesn't start incubating the eggs with any regularity until the last one is laid. A clutch is typically 4 - 6 eggs.
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maria - 2012-05-26
I have one aviary with finches. Can they inter breed? Brothers and sisters. I love them they are beutiful birds.


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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-26
    Yes the finches can and do interbreed.
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Teresa - 2011-11-29
I had two finches got home last night both had died don't understand want cold, the temp, was normal can anyone give me answers?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    The only thing I can think of the possibly happened is that something frightened them in the night. They both took immediate flight and possibly broke their necks against the cage bars. I am sorry but this does happen more often than people realize. I use a night light. I really am sorry.
  • Anonymous - 2012-05-24
    dont listen to this guy, he doesnt know what he is talkin about. i am terribly sorry ABOUT THE LOSS OF UR BIRDS AND I HOPE U FEEL BETTER
  • Anonymous - 2012-05-24
    omg i am soo sorry and i hope u feel alot better. charlie is porbably right, something frightned them and the paniced. i hope you feel better:)
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Animal-World info on Strawberry Finch
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javier - 2011-10-29
Helo I'm been looking for a pair of strawbery finch pls contact me if you have a pair forsale I'll be interested .thx

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  • Lynn - 2011-11-17
    Did you ever find strawberry finches? I am looking to purchase several and was wondering if you have or know of where I might find some.

  • katrina - 2012-04-06
    I second that last comment!
  • Anonymous - 2012-05-21
    coolz
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loveta - 2012-05-20
I brought home 2 finches yesterday in a small cage. Today they laid an egg in the gravel bowl. What do I do now?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    Just let them have the egg in the bowl. They will most likely lay a couple more and then sit them for awhile. When they do not sit the eggs any more, throw them out. If fertile and they hatch congratulations
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