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Painted Firetail Finch - Normal mutation




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Painted Firetail Finch

Original image copyright: Ross Walker (Ohmi Finch)  近江フィンチ

Species: Painted Firetail Finch コマチスズメ
Common names: Emblema, Painted Finch, Painted, Mountain Finch, Painted Firetail
Genus: Emblema Picta
Mutation: Normal ノーマル
Gender: Hen
Split ring number:  62
Closed ring code:  JPN-18-D026
Born (day/month/year):  15/03/2018
DB item code: 46645
(for the bird pictured above): 
General species notes: Size: 11-12cm
Habitat: Spinifex covered, rocky landscapes are the Emblemas ideal habitat. This is very notcieable in their nesting techniques.
Distribution: They are distributed across Northern and Central Australia. From as far north as Derby with noted habitats in Dampier they extend fro this point through to Central West Queensland.

Commonly known as the Painted Firetail and star of the recent 45 cent stamp! One of my all time favourites. These were bred in the hundreds in my 'neck of the woods' until about 6 years ago when a number of breeders 'gave them away' when prices fell dramatically. They are a very different looking finch to the majority that we see in our aviaries. Their gaudy colours, fantastic disposition and friendly nature make them an ideal bird. The one serious problem that you face is that of livefood dependence. They will breed happily without livefood but will also consume plenty if it is offered. If you don't have access to termites it is a pain to have to break them of this habit. You will get small clutches until you do but these youngsters should then produce 'normal' clutches without termites. This was the case in Tasmania a number of years ago where 3 pair would regularly give you 20-30 young in a season. We used to consider them the easiest finch to breed after zebras - but not any more!
They construct an elaborate nest platform and construct a nest that will consist of EVERYTHING that can be found in your aviary! Some will use nest boxes but the majority will construct their own nest. Despite their habit of nesting close to the ground in the wild I have never seen them do this in an aviary - unlike the Pictorella Mannikin. They are worth keeping just to watch the male do his 'metronome dance' where he whirrs like a clockwork toy. They are tolerant of other species and more than one pair may be kept in the same aviary. They don't appear to have many preferences for food items and mine show little interest in supplements or soaked/sprouted seed. Will pick at chickweed and other greens. Spend a great deal of time on the ground so would be prone to worms and coccidia.
A popularity of 8 and a compatibility of 9.

Mutations: Fawns, Yellow, Black, Pied.

Diamant peint: French
Geschilderde astrilde: Netherlands
Diamante pintado: Spanish
Diamante variopinto: Italian
Deutsch: Gemalte Amadine

Data source: http://australianfinches.com/painted-firetail-emblema-picta/

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