A strict worming and parasite control regime is essential to ensure the long-term health of any finch collection. After breeding takes place the hen typically lays 4-7 eggs which both parents take turns incubating for 14 days. Birds aged 1 to 3 are best suited for breeding. Insects form part of their food intake, especially during the Small mealworms, maggots, and termites are most frequently given. Best results are usually achieved with about 3 breeding pairs in a colony in a breeding season. months. After the death or replacement of a mate, it may take some time for the remaining bird to accept a new partner. covered on this web site. Some birds will try to breed at an early age but this Long tailed finches will breed in nesting boxes, and wicker nests. well in a wide range of sizes of aviaries or as one pair in a large 24  days. Do not feed anything from the list of forbidden foods. Both parent birds feed the They prefer a large planted aviary, but are generally tolerant of smaller aviaries or even a large flight cage. Government Regulations & 10 Oct 1976 Page 151-152 (Heck's), A/A Vol 26 No. Basic seed mix should include Canary There should always be more nesting sites than pairs to give them some choice this will increase the chances of breeding and decrease birds squabling over one nest. Do not mix the two subspecies as they Vitamin supplement- An important dietary supplement added to the water supply. web page for general details on the It is a predominantly fawn-coloured bird with a pale grey head and prominent black bib and eyes. typical backyard planted Health Issues: Diet / Feeding:  Click on "Feeding birds" Most breeding pairs of Long tailed finch will tolerate some Mealworms A/A Vol 13 No 8 Aug 1959 Page 109-111 (Inc colour plate). indoor cage. Seed– A good quality finch mix is important for your birds to florish and especially if you are to have any success in breeding. Vitamins are wasted when added to the seed due to the fact finches hull seed when it is consumed. Jun-July 1993 Page 442-444, ABK Vol  2 Issue 12. Independent approx. Long-tailed finches breed best in spring and autumn, with a hen bird that is at least 12 months of age. Breeding long tailed finches Breeding in large aviary as a colony or breeding in s small cage with one pair per cage. approx 13 - 14 days. If possible, place a -10 feet). There breeding season is from october through to april. I have shaped the nest for them in the past only to have them tear it out and start over. Pair bonds are strong. tailed finch for specific colour mutations. grasses and some green leafy vegetables such as endive, silverbeet or hybridization may occur. They will be found close by permenant water with open grass lands with scattered gum trees and pandanas. Seed lacks many essential vitamins and minerals which must be compensated for by introducing other foods. It inhabits dry savannah habitats in Australia and adapts readily to aviculture. Egg and biscuit formula- another source of protein which is great for your birds this can be added to the container when feeding your birds live food. Especially important when breeding your birds. It is important during the raising of the young that live food supply is increased such as meal worms and fly pupae. There are two varieties of long-tailed finch, distinguishable by their beak colour, which can e either yellow (P.acuticauda) or red (P.a. Will breed finch. be suitable in a mixed Purchasers should birds can be paired up with any brother-sister related birds. web pages. Spinach can also be given, but only sparingly as it can contribute to calcium deficiency. readily interbreed. cos lettuce. and use in conjunction with details There breeding season is from october through to april. Some breeders find they perform better when housed in small groups of 2-3 pairs.