masked grassfinches are excellent community birds. Mine are
very peaceful birds, never showing signs of aggression accept
when they are sitting on (infertile) eggs, and then it is just
a little warning to the other birds to stay away.
originally had two females (Red and Jade). The one thing that
I really liked about these birds was their willingness to share
their nest with other birds at night. At one time, they shared
their little stick dome nestbox with an owl and a zebra (neither
the owl nor the zebra are with us any longer, due to an illness
that passed through the old aviary a while ago). I felt like
they would take in any "stray" that needed a place
to stay (even though there were plenty of empty nestboxes in
the aviary that could have been used).
passed away after a long battle with a Megabacteria infection.
It took four 10-day courses with Amphotericin B to finally rid
her of the fungus. But just as she was getting better, she became
infected with an unknown virus that caused symptoms similar
to Twirling. The vet prescribed a potent oral antibiotic that
has good penetration into the brain, but it had no effect on
poor Red and the virus progressed extremely quickly. She passed
away only a few days after starting the antibiotic.
night before Red passed away, Jade must have finally given up
on her ever returning to the aviary, because she gave up the
nest she had shared with Red and moved in with Evel zebra. They
have been a (non-breeding) couple ever since. I would like to
get another masked grass companion for Jade, but she and Evel
have become so comfortable together, I don't believe it would
be a good thing to rock the status quo.
masked grassfinches are excellent flyers. They like to dart
across the aviary and back in quick sweeps. They especially
like to do this when I am cleaning, zipping right by my head
and then back to the other side again. I wouldn't dream of keeping
them in a cage because they enjoy flying so much.
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