Cut Throat Finch

by New York Bird Supply

Description:  The Cut-Throat Finch (Amadina fasciata) is a common species of estrildid finch found throughout Africa; it is also known as the Bearded Finch, the Ribbon finch, the Cut Throat, and the Weaver Finch. Cut-Throat Finches for sale have plumage that is pale and sandy brown with flecks of black all over. They have a black-brown tail, a thick white chin and cheeks, and a chestnut brown patch on the belly. The legs are a pink fleshy color. The adult male has a bright red band across its throat (thus the name "cut-throat"), while the male juveniles have a slightly duller red band. Cut-throats form strong pair bonds and are a social species. Members of a pair may engage in allopreening. Outside of the breeding season, these birds live in large flocks. Birds may engage in peering behavior at a singing male. They enjoy "dust bathing" and may benefit from access to a shallow dish of dry (chemical-free) earth.

Size / Weight:  5"

Life Span:  8 to 10 years

Temperament: Undemanding, animated, calm. May become aggressive when breeding.

Breeding: Cut-throat finches usually use nests constructed by other birds. A clutch usually consists of 4 to 6 white eggs, which hatch after an incubation period of 12 days. Due to their aggressive and interfering nature, while breeding, Cut-throats should not be housed with smaller birds such as waxbills while breeding.

Diet: Classic Finch Seed, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, Millet, Dried Egg Food, Mineral Grit. Favorite foods include live food (mealworms, termites, and pupae), green food, and some fruit (oranges, pears, apples).