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Zebra Finch - Caged Bird Australian Taeniopygia Guttata Bird

Zebra Finch Caged Bird Australian

Notable traits of the Zebra Finch Bird: Caged Bird Australian (Taeniopygia Guttata)
Availability: For sale! Interested?
Price: $20 (sold individually)
Latin Name: Taeniopygia Guttata
Common Name: Zebra Finch
Description: Zebra finches are dimorphic. That is to say that the males and females have different coloration. Males have a number of distinguishing features including: orange cheek patches, stripes on the throat, black bar on the breast and a chestnut colored flank with white spots. Females lack these features and are gray in those areas mentioned. Beak color is generally a brighter red in males and a orange color in females. This is variable based on the breeding condition of the birds. Juveniles fledge looking like females, but with a black beak. The beak and adult colors are usually complete by the time the young are 90 days old.

There are a number of mutations that can alter these colors and dimorphic characteristics. See the individual pages on the specific color mutations for descriptions of the altered colors and how that effects the sexing of the birds.
Trainability: Very Low
Length: 9 cm
Average Lifespan: 12 years
Song: Soft twittering
Diet: Seed, fruit and veggies
Loudness: Fairly quiet
Notes: They eagerly take egg food, greens and soaked seed. Zebra finches are adapted to survive and raise their young on lower protein levels than many other finches and can actually raise their young on seed alone. This is not advisable however since the young will be of substandard quality. Grit and calcium in the form of crushed egg and oyster shells and cuttlebone should always be available to them. Zebra finches will usually decimate a cuttlebone and although crushed hen's eggs have a higher calcium level, picking at the cuttlebone seems to keep the beak in shape and relieve some frustration that they might otherwise take out on another bird's feathers.

The Zebra finch is a highly adaptable species that will breed under the most adverse conditions. It is the perfect avicultural specimen. It can take extremes in temperature, is highly resistant to disease and parasites, can survive on minimal food and water of atrocious quality, requires minimal space and gets along well with other of its kind and other species and will attempt to breed in any of those conditions. There was a report of wild specimens that were captured and placed in a holding cage attempting to breed while that cage was still in the back of the vehicle. Now that's a ready breeder! In the wild, the rains trigger the breeding season. Wild males will begin courting as soon as 48 hours after the first rains. With the domesticated Zebras, they are nearly always ready to breed. For some, it is more difficult to get them to stop breeding than to start and the only way I have found to stop them is to remove the nest box. This won't stop the hens from laying eggs, but it does remove a formal nest that they will defend, lay and incubate eggs in.
Mutations: Crested or Black Cheek
Age of Maturity: 1
Breeding Aviculture: Common
Average Clutch Size: 5
Habitat: Australia
References: SeedEggfoodToy
Store Location: St. Clements, Ontario; Canada
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