Saffron Finch

by Pigeon Feeds Inc
Sex

Saffron finch is a small tanager originating in South America. The males with a vibrant yellow body and an orange crown can be distinguished from the females that usually have a somewhat duller coloration. However, females in some subspecies have an olive-brown body consisting of heavy dark markings.

Size Around 14-16 cm (5.5-6 inches) in length
Weight Approximately 0.7 oz (20 g)


Feeding

Apart from giving them Groats, you should also provide millets mixed with sprouting seeds and grass seeds. Live food in the form of fruit fly larva, waxworms, mealworms, and ant eggs mixed with egg food or soft food is required in moderate amounts when breeding. Make sure your pet bird gets adequate quantities of grit, cuttlebone, and fresh water.

Care

Since they are fond of bathing, provide a clean container with bathing water inside their cage

Housing

A large planted aviary is ideal since it would provide adequate space to fly around in the enclosure. You may place some accessories including softwood perches, bird toys, and ladders, but be sure to keep them to a minimum. Otherwise, they would cause hindrance in its flight and damage its feathers. A saffron finch should always be kept in pair or with birds of its size and temperament. Keeping it in a group in small cages would make it feel bored, thereby inducing hostile behavior.

Nest

Not known to make great nests, these birds accept nest boxes suitable for keeping parakeets. A nest box with an artificial plant covering should be placed at a high spot in the corner of the cage to provide them the privacy they need. They do not like their nest being frequently inspected, especially during the breeding season.

Temperature

During the winter, the cage temperature should be kept at 60-65°F for your pet’s well-being.

Temperament and Behavior

Due to its polygamous behavior and territorial instinct, it has a tendency to become aggressive towards smaller and submissive birds. It even fights with its own species if two males are housed together, especially during the breeding season. Even though it exhibits intimidating behavioral traits, it tolerates human proximity.