Lady Gouldian Finch
they are finally here! The new Lady Gouldian Finches have arrived!
I purchased them today, May 08, 2004, at the GCCBC Spring Bird
Fair. I purchased them from the same breeder as my blue caps
and my owls.
female is a black headed purple breast normal. She is just about
done coming into color, but not completely, hence the mottled
appearance of the black on her face. The male is a red-headed
purple breasted normal. They are both beautiful and active little
ones. I couldn't be more delighted with them. I've really missed
having the Gouldians around.
apparently have been named Duck and Bill by my three-year-old
son - who was coaxed into naming them by my husband. Best guess
is Duck and Bill come from two somewhat obscure trains in the
Thomas the Tank Engine series. I can't say I'm crazy about the
names, but now that Zach's named them, my husband is committed
to making the names stick. So Duck and Bill it is. Or Duckie
and William? We shall see.
introduction to the quarantine cage, the female flew out of
the box immediately and headed straight for the highest perch
and the millet spray. The male was more cautious, but within
a few minutes was up on the highest perch courting the female
with his song and dance. He is obviously quite taken with her,
because he's been singing on and off throughout the day.
the left are the first pictures of these wonderful little birds.
As you can see, they are under quarantine, hence the cage bars.
Better pictures will be available when they can be introduced
into the aviary. Hopefully, their quarantine will be uneventful
- I know they will just love the spatious aviary. Once in the
aviary, you will be able to look for them on the AviCam,
and I will make new wallpapers
available at that time as well.
to acquiring this pair, the aviary was home to two other Gouldian
finches, Mr G and Mrs G, no longer with us. Mr.
G. was a red-headed dilute, purple-breasted male Lady Gouldian
Finch who was NFSS-banded in 1996. Mrs G was not banded and
was a black-headed purple breasted normal.
are by far the most brightly colored finches in captivity. There
are many color mutations, but I prefer the dilute and normal
colors the best. I am especially partial to red-headed males
and black-headed females, as you might be able to guess by mychoice
of birds, both present and past.
are another excellent aviary bird. They have shown no signs
of aggression and they provide a focal point to the aviary.
Mr. G. was the first finch noticed by company seeing my aviary
for the first time. I do find the gouldian finches to be a little
more withdrawn or stand-offish than the other birds. They rarely
sit in physical contact with another bird and are not ones for
cuddling, snuggling, or affectionate preening. Mine also never
took to a bath and are very finicky eaters. Mr. G. was the worst
eater of the bunch, loving millet sprays and seed (and the occasional
pellet snack), but shunning just about everything else. Gouldians
prefer to sleep on a perch (the higher the better) at night,
unless they are sitting on eggs.
are sexually dimorphic. Females are usually exhibit a paler
shade of color on the breast and underside. Males also sing
a very very soft song while standing erect on the perch and
bouncing up and down. Females usually do not sing, but only
emit a short chirp.
get a bad rep in many books on finch-keeping. They are described
as "delicate" and inexperienced potential owner's
are scared away by warnings that they could "drop dead
at a moment's notice" and that they are extremely sensitive
to temperature and humidity. I have not found this to be true
at all. My Gouldians have never required any special care and
they don't seem any more sensitive than any of the other birds
in the aviary. They also have a reputation of being difficult
to breed, particularly with regard to tossing babies. Although
I do not breed, I have heard that this behavior is typical of
many young Gouldians, but they frequently outgrow this behavior
by the next breeding season.
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