Blue-Capped Cordon Blues
and Sadie are my two blue-capped cordon bleus. The male and
female can be distinguished from each other by the amount of
blue coloring, particularly on the head. The male's head is
entirely blue, whereas the female's face is blue, but the top
of the head is brown.
males and females sing a lovely song. Although I prefer the
strawberry's song, my cordon bleus sing more frequently.
bleus are notoriously difficult to breed. They are famous for
laying and hatching chicks only to toss them or abandon them.
It's been reported that they require vast amounts of live food
to successfully raise chicks; however, some have reported success
feeding eggfood. Murphy and Sadie have been very interested
in mating - they sing and dance, waving feathers in their beaks
and I've observed the mating act several times. However, I do
not have nestboxes or nesting material so nothing ever comes
from it other than the occasional stray egg on the bottom of
I have been breeding blue caps for two years now - I finally
have video of blue caps feeding their young (you cannot see
the chicks well except as occasionally blurry grey flashes of
fuzz popping up for food). The video can be found here: Blue
Caps Feeding Young.
cordon bleus are very active birds and enjoy flying in successive
quick sweeps from one end of the aviary to the other. They also
like to swing on the clothesline in the aviary. I was hesitant
to acquire cordon-bleus because of their reported need for live
food. However, I was assured by the breeder that they would
do fine on eggfood, and they have.
I first acquired Murphy and Sadie, they did not seem to like
each other very much. Sadie would chase Murphy incessantly and
not allow him to perch near her. I separated them for a couple
of weeks. When reintroduced, she had a change of heart and now
they are inseparable.
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