How do I get silver Gouldian Finch?

Silver body occurs when yellow body genes are combined with blue body genes. A genetically yellow bodied blue bird will appear silver in phenotype. (A SFYB DF blue cock will ONLY appear silver if he is white breasted, otherwise he will appear pastel.)

How do I get blue Gouldian Finch?

Breeding Blue Gouldian Finch Most breeders recommend pairing a blue bird with a “split to blue” bird to produce blue young. Two visibly blue birds should not be paired to avoid further weakening the blue Gouldian gene pool.

How do you breed Gouldian finches?

Breeding gouldian finches Gouldians prefer to breed in nest boxes which i found to be the best way to breed them, to encourage them to breed i placed some nesting material inside and made a fist inside the nesting box to make it more inviting for the pair of birds which are about to breed.

What time of year do Gouldian finches breed?

Breeding gouldian finches Gouldians have a breeding season which means they are not free breeders. They will breed from December through to April. I personally did not place my nest boxes in the aviary until the 1st of January.

Which is the normal colour of a Gouldian finch?

The breast and belly are normal looking and so is the head colour of the Red and Yellow headed forms, but the head colour of the Black headed form is modified to silver.

What kind of mutations do Gouldian birds have?

A bird will need 2 blue back genes, (one blue gene from each parent) to visually be blue in both males and females. Gouldians come in 3 head color mutations, all of which are found in the wild. Red being the dominant gene, and yellow, the most recessive of the mutations. Black headed is the most common mutation found in the wild.

How long does it take for a Gouldian finch to hatch?

After 13-14 days of incubation the young begin to hatch. They are small, pink and lack any fuzz. They are easily identified by the light-reflecting nodes at the corners of their mouth ( see mouth markings ). The pair will take turn brooding the young with the male remaining outside during the night.

What kind of finch has a red tipped beak?

The Black headed Gouldian has two colour phases, one has a RED tipped beak and the other a YELLOW tipped beak, the RED tip is usually known as the Black headed Gouldian whilst the YELLOW tip is usually written as Black Y.T.B. Genetically they are not the same, and as you will see from the mating tables, give a different set of results. 3.

Why do Lady Gouldian finches have a white head?

Because the yellow gene suppresses the expression of black coloration and because the blue genes suppress the expression of red and yellow, the entire body of the bird appears white or off-white in color. The purple of the chest is not affected, however, and red or yellow headed birds will have salmon colored (not white) heads.

How many Gouldian finches are there in Australia?

Gouldian Finches (Erythrura gouldiae) are beautifully coloured grass finches that were once found by the millions throughout the northern parts of Australia. Only about 2,500 of these spectacular birds survive in the wild today. Other names for this bird are Rainbow finch, Lady Gouldian Finch, Purple Breasted Finch, Gouldian Grassfinch.

What happens if a Gouldian finch is left untreated?

Left untreated the mites will continue to infest the bird which can cause serious harm, often resulting in death. During the gouldian finches’ lifecycle they will go through an annual moult where they grow new feathers. In as little as 6 weeks the bird may change up to 80% of its feathers.

Why do black headed finches have grey heads?

Because the yellow gene suppresses the expression of black coloration and because the green gene mutes the effects of the yellow gene, any normally black area on the bird will appear grey (as opposed to white), so black headed birds will have grey heads.

How many Gouldian finches are left in the wild?

2,500 birds
The rainbow-coloured Gouldian finch was once found across northern Australia but it is now thought there are fewer than 2,500 birds left in the wild.