Cutthroat Finch Bird Breed

Cutthroat Finch

A beautiful bird which comes from Africa (Amadina Fasciata).

He is also called a Ribbon Finch, the name coming from a bright red streak across the throat of the males. The ends of the feathers are edged with darker shades of brown.

If kept in an outside aviary with a dirt floor, the birds will dig in the dirt looking for bugs. Otherwise, if kept in a cage, they will love to scatter and dig in their food dish. Keeping the dish half-full will save seed loss. A supply of bugs and mealworms is enjoyed by them. Since they have a high-fat diet, nutrition supplements should be used. The best way is to add vitamin drops to their water. A cuttlebone, or egg shell is needed by them. If using chicken egg shells, bake in the oven until they are a slight yellow shade, grind up and feed to them. Water must be available at all times.

Cutthroat finches breed easily, and fast! One of the simplest birds to raise, and babies can be hand-trained. A wooden nesting box is recommended, and they will build the nests with many available materials; yarn, twigs, bits of cloth, grasses and feathers. A good way to get rid of old hair from hairbrushes too.

The male has a unique mating ritual he performs for his lady. If he could light a candle, the listener would think she was in Mexico hearing a tune being played. He dances with all his feathers bristled up, and holds his neck high, stretching it out as far as it will go. As all ladies love being sung to by their feller---the nests will usually contain 4-5 babies per clutch.

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