Blue-Headed Parrot Finch
Three-Coloured Parrot Finch
Tri-Coloured Parrot Finch
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At the moment ten sub-species are known. The main differences noted between species is body measurements, weight and coloration.
Erythrura trichroa eichhrni
Erythrura trichroa cyanofrons
Erythrura trichroa clara
Erythrura trichroa peleweniss
Erythrura trichroa pinainae
Erythrura trichroa sanfordi
Erythrura trichroa sigillifera
Erythrura trichroa trichroa
Erythrura trichroa woodfordi
The Blue-faced parrot finch are distributed in a wide range from Moluccas, Celebes, New Guinea, New Britain, New Ireland, the Bismarck Archipelago, New Hebrides and nearby islands in Australia.
The Blue-faced parrot finch inhabits forests edges, cultivated areas and plantations. They are sometimes found in flocks of 15-30 birds feeding on seeds of grasses, fruits, figs and a variety of live foods including termites and other small insects.
Length: 4 ½ to 4 ¾ inches ( 11.5 to 12 cm). The Blue-faced parrot finch is heavy built bird it has a vivid blue face mask. The upper parts of the male's body are rich green. The under parts extending from the throat downward is a much lighter green. The rump and upper tail coverts are red. The legs are light grey-brown, eyes dark brown with a black beak.
The Blue-faced parrot finch is easy to cater for and breed in captivity. They will thrive on a good seed mix, the occasional greens, soaked seed and egg food. Blue-faced parrot finches love a good bath, so make sure that you supply clean fresh water daily. They will reproduce quite freely. They will breed in large cages or aviaries. In my collection they have chosen a preference for half open boxes and coco fiber as material of choice to build the nest.
Clutches per year: 3
Eggs : 3 to 6
Incubation : 13 to 14 days
Fledge : 21 to 23 days
Independent : 3 to 4weeks
Removal of young from parents four weeks from the day they fledge. Parent rearing is no exception and in many instances a new clutch is laid while still feeding young from previous nest. The young molt into adult plumage in three to five months. I usually breed my birds once they are one year old.
Several color variation are available:
Lutino Blue-Faced Parrot Finch
Pied Blue-Faced Parrot Finch
Sea Green Blue-Faced Parrot Finch
Lutino Blue-Faced Parrot Finch: In the Lutino mutation all of the green body coloration is replaced by yellow. The blue face mask is replaced by white and the rump, which is red, is replaced by a lighter tone of pink. The eyes are red and very light sensitive, feet, legs and beak are flesh color.
Pied Blue-Faced Parrot Finch: The feathers of this mutation become part their original color, part yellow, which gives the bird its "splashy" appearance.
This table will guide you in possible pairings and out comes between normal and Lutino Blue-Faced Parrot Finches:
Lutino Male x Normal Female
Males Split Lutino
Normal Male x Lutino Female
Males Split Lutino
Normal Male Split Lutino x Lutino Female
50% Lutino Males & Female
25% Normal Females
25% Normal Males
25% Lutino Females
25% Normal Males
Lutino Male x Lutino Female
100% Lutino Males & Females
Normal Male x Normal Female
*Females are never split Lutino as it is a sex linked gene. I do not recommend pairing Lutino/Lutino as chicks tend to be weak, small and losses are high. Try pair Lutino back to a normal or split it is much more favorable.
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