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Blue-faced Parrotfinches

Blue-faced Parrotfinches (Erythrura trichroa) are found in north-eastern Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Federated States of Micronesia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. They have also been introduced into France.

This species is locally common and has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 10,000,000 km². They are usually seen along the edges of forests and grassland areas.

They tend to be shy and are usually seen alone, pairs or small groups in subtropical/ tropical in both montane and lowland moist forest areas, where it is most often associated with forest edges and disturbed habitat.

Blue-faced Parrotfinch On A Branch
Blue-faced Parrotfinch On A Branch

Description:

Size: They average 11 cm in length.

Plumage:

Male Royal Parrotfinches have a blue head and red upper tail coverts. The plumage is otherwise mostly a bright forest green.

The hen is identical to the male but she is a little duller in the neck and the breast.

Immature Blue-faced Parrotfinches are duller and have a dull blue head. They attain their full color at 20 months.

 

Call / Vocalization:

They have a high, thin voice and trilling song.

Diet / Feeding

They typically feedy on seeds of grasses, including in Australia several exotic genera especially Brachiaria.

Personality / Behavior:

These finches love water. One can frequently see them jump in and out of their bathing dishes. Bathing will take place a couple of times a day, summer or winter – and are an important part of their daily grooming.

Another characteristic of the parrotfinches is their almost semi-nocturnal nature. They are always last to roost at night, and can be seen still on the food station or darting around the aviary after dark. They are also the first to stir in the morning.

Blue-faced Parrotfinches On A Bird Bath
Blue-faced Parrotfinches On A Bird Bath

Breeding:

Within their natural range, most breeding starts in September with the building of a big nest of grasseshigh in the trees. In captivity, the breeding season will be dictated by the climate and length of the days.

Parrot Finches Further Reading

Gordon Ramel

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