Three Basic Varieties of Gouldian Finches
Three basic varieties of Gouldian Finches are naturally-occurring in color. These are the black-headed Gouldian Finch (Poephila gouldiae), the red-headed Gouldian Finch (Poephila mirabilis) and the yellow-headed Gouldian Finch (Poephila armitiana). However, while these are the basic and normally recognized colors, there can be a tremendous variation in the coloration of these finches. This includes combinations of blue and yellow. Adding to this, the male Gouldian Finch is even more brilliant that the colors of the female Gouldian Finch. The male finch also has a significantly longer tail feather. There is little question that Gouldian Finches dominate the field when it comes to beauty in the finch world.
Gouldian Finches are Gorgeous
Gouldian Finches originally called the Australian tropics home. Prior to 1960 they were popular exports from the country, but in the 60’s, the government banned the exportation of virtually all animals and birds native to the country. They are technically an endangered species in their native habitat, but there are many Gouldian Finches in other countries, America included, for purchase. They are still popular pets and homes across the world have Gouldian Finches flitting about in them and singing their happy songs.
Gouldian Finches are flashy birds, blessed with splendid, brilliant colors. The colors are widely varied, and these finches may have red or grey or orange heads, with blue or even green backs, while the breasts and below range from purple, white or yellow.
Gouldian Finches Care is More Difficult
Gouldian Finches bring with their beauty a more difficult task in the care and breeding of these finches. They are not as sturdy as the Zebra and Society Finches. They are not hardy and their tolerance for extremes is not as high as their more hearty brethren. Gouldian Finches should not be the first choice for a new, inexperienced bird owner. These finches are also more reclusive and do not like to be petted or held, unlike other finches who often relish such handling. If you’re one of those who would like to finger train a finch (getting a finch to perch on your finger), do not get a Gouldian Finch. But, like their brethren, Gouldian Finches want company. If you get a Gouldian Finch, make sure you get a pair.
Those who would like a pet bird that can easily be finger tamed should probably stay away from the Gouldian Finch. All finches are social and should be kept in one or more pairs in order to satisfy their need to be social. Realize too, Gouldian Finches become disturbed by frequent changes in their cage environment or by any movement of their cage, especially sudden movement. This brings stress to the finch and if they encounter frequent stress, it can weaken their immune system.
Gouldian Finches Can Be Picky Eaters
Trying to introduce new food to your Gouldian finches can be a difficult task if not done right. Often you will be met with resistance.Try and give your Gouldian finches a variety of food when it is young. This will get it used to new food for later on in life as it ages. If you did not give them a variety of food when young do not give up. There are a number of ways to defeat their resistance. One, and perhaps the simplest, is to provide them with a ‘teacher bird’. Canaries, societies and zebra finches are used most commonly as they are very curious birds who normally eat any new foods offered. The young Gouldian finches learn from watching. It may take a while, but they will start to mimic the ‘teacher’ and begin eating the new foods.
Gouldian Finches Need Room to Play
Gouldian Finches are no different from their brethren finches in that they are extremely active birds. They also need a large cage for flying about. Get a finch cage that is expansive so they have room to play. You can get a wooden or metal cage, but make sure the bars are not too wide, else you may cause the bird to be hurt. If you get a metal cage, make sure it isn’t brass, as this can be toxic. Check with your pet store person to insure the cage is safe for your Gouldian Finch.
Gouldian Finch lovers will appreciate the music that comes from these cheery little birds. Their chirp is soft and beautiful, but only the males sign (probably to the female). Those who own Gouldian Finches rave about their birds and wouldn’t trade them for anything. Gouldian Finches can be wonderful pets.Until next time, Jennie - The Finch Lady