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Joining together individuals who share a common interest in breeding Carduelan species in captivity


Updated Monday, 24 June 2013

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Parrot Finches  

There are three species of Parrot Finches commonly available and bred in Australian aviaries and these are: Red Faced Parrot Finches, Blue Faced Parrot Finches and the Tanimbar or as some call them Three-coloured Parrot Finches. There are also at least three other species occasionally available and these are the Bamboo Parrot Finches, Peale’s Parrot Finches and the Royal Parrot Finches, however for some reason these are not doing as good as the first three I mentioned above, and when offered for sale they are well over the price range most of us would be prepared to pay for. In the late 90’s while in Europe I have seen most of the species of Parrot Finches, they were selling from about (equivalent AUD) $50 to $100 Australian dollars a pair. Red-eared or the Mount Kataglad Parrot Finches (Erythrura coloria) were selling for less than $60 a pair. I started breeding finches in mid seventies, Parrot finches were always on my list, I tried breeding them on many occasions without success. Amazing, the price for a pair of Red-faced Parrot Finches in those days was about $80 and today 35 years later is still $80, the only thing that has changed is the pay, an average weekly wage was approximately $80 then and today more that 10 times that!

I built a good size outdoor aviary for Carduelan species that I’m “addicted to” and one day I bought a pair of Red-faced Parrot Finches, thinking ‘why not have another try’ and I wasn’t disappointed. These birds were like Zebra finches could not stop breeding. They stop in January for a quick moult and they’re back on the nest three to four weeks later. From the two breeding pairs of Red-faced Parrot finches that I kept last year, I produced over 40 young. Overwhelmed with my success I added a pair of Tanimbar Parrot Finches to my collection, thinking why not try them as well. The pair I bought were very young uncoloured birds and it took quite some time before I saw them building the nest. It was already late autumn the nights were getting colder, I wasn’t to optimistic but to my surprise they laid three eggs and two weeks later three young hatched. My achievement quickly turned to disappointment when I realised that after couple of days from hatching they were no longer brooding the young during the night and I ended up losing all the young. The young were fed extremely well, they died with crop full of seeds. Two weeks later they laid another clutch of 4 eggs and eventually hatched another three young. Same thing again, after the day three she wasn’t sitting on the young, but somehow two young were still alive the following morning, very cold but alive, one of the young was dead. Lucky I had a clutch of Red-faced Parrot Finches with young of about the same size and I put the two remaining youngsters in with them.

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 Red-faced Parrot Finches are excellent parents, couple of weeks later 6 well fed and feathered young came out of that nest, 4 RFPF a 2 Tanimbars. The parents Tanimbars lost another two clutches that season, and finally it warmed up a little and they fledged 4 young Tanimbars for the first time.  The young were well fed and feathered meaning they were not bad parents after all.  Soon I had 10 very tame young Tanimbars and I decided to sell all including the parents, except for the one young hen. Within couple of days I found unrelated young male and at this stage the birds are still going through their first moult, I am hoping that this very tame young female hatched in my aviary will be better parent then the other one.

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Throughout the breeding season all they want is variety of seeding grasses

About a month ago (April - 2001), I bought a pair of  Blue-faced Parrot Finches, not long after they made a nest laid five egg and all five hatched. As you can see my experiment with Parrot Finches turned out better then I hoped for.

Can’t really say I have learned much from breeding Parrot Finches, they’re pretty much like all other finches, they need lots of green seeding grasses, they appear to be feeding all day long, always busy in search for something to eat. I wouldn’t say they are ideal cage birds, definitely aviary is required if you intend to breed these species. Live food, like Mealworms and Cricket is an excellent addition to their diet but green seeding grasses is a must. They also love soaked seeds, I’ve been watching them alternating from the soaked seed dish to egg and biscuit mix and green seeding grasses before flying off to the nest to feed the young and then the whole process begins again. My birds also go for the slices of cucumber, young sweet corn and green lettuce. Unlike most Waxbills or Grass Finches Parrot Finches love Niger seeds.

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Although keeping three species of Parrot Finches in the same aviary is not advisable, so far (knock on wood) haven’t obtained any hybrids. I have seen them feeding each-others young on many occasions, the young don’t seem to care who is feeding them as long they are being topped up. Most time within couple of weeks from the young fledging the hen is back on the nest incubating a new clutch of eggs. As I mentioned above, eggs or the young can be fostered and they will raise each others young without problems so do not hesitate to foster if you have to. As for the environment for breeding Parrot finches, nicely planted aviary would be ideal, do not overcrowd, and, they breed best as a single pair per aviary, they do not breed well in colony environment. Their young should be taken out of the breeding aviary as soon as possible.  

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Young Red-faced Parrot Finches

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Young Blue-faced Parrot Finches and a young Tanimbar

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Young Blue-faced Parrot Finch          Young Red-faced Parrot Finches

Nowadays there are lots of mutations available as well, I would not encourage anyone to breed mutation, they should be preserved in captivity as they are in the wild, governments and the environmentalists would welcome that, why not work together and do something positive. If they ever become extinct in the wild they could be easily reintroduced from the pure captive bred stock.

Red-faced Parrot Finches

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Occasional Disapointments

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Red-faced Parrot Finches 

Blue-faced Parrot Finches

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Tanimbar (Forbes) Parrot Finches

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Photos taken at 10 PM, not exactly in focus but you can see (about the same age)  
four young Tanimbars and four Red-faced Parrot Finches  

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It's Spring and it's a pleasure to walk into the aviary

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Tanimbars like all Parrot Finches can become very tame

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Tame birds are much easier to breed

 

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These birds cannot be bred without the green seeding grasses 


 

European Blackbird

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European Blackbird male



As I walked in to the garage one day I noticed some twigs on the floor, the fist thing that came to my mind was ‘Ah that dog, must have been playing with some twigs’, so I picked them up and dumped them into a garbage bin. Then a day later I noticed more twigs on the floor, this time at the side of the garage just under the carport, I yelled out at the dog  pointing at the twigs ‘are you bringing those twigs here again?’. He just looked at the twigs scattered on the floor and walked away. It wasn’t until the following day that I noticed a nest on an old cabinet attached to the side of the garage about 1.8 meters of the ground, I have no idea what was it been used for, I wanted to take it off for quite some time but never got to it. The nest was nicely built lined with mud or muddy leaves and the only bird that I thought might have made it would have been a Blackbird.

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European Blackbird female

I have been feeding wild birds like: Rainbow Lorikeets, Noisy-Mynah birds, Doves etc but my favoureds were the Black and White Flycatchers (Willie Wagtails) and the Blackbirds. The Blackbird male often sings from the nearby Banksia tree for hours. Most of the neighbours are amazed with his song, they are now creating environment in their gardens for them to breed as well as offering food on regular basis. Although, the Nightingales are considered to be the best songsters, but the Blackbirds are definitely the close second.
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They know where the Mealworms are

About couple of years ago I found a Blackbird nest with two young in it in one of the shrubs on my property but I never knew they would built a nest on a flat surface totally exposed where I walk pass 20 times a day. Anyhow, I put my hand in it and felt two eggs, over the next couple of days she laid another two and then I saw her for the first time sitting on the nest, occasionally getting off to feed and stretch her wings but whenever she saw me she’d quickly fly back to resume incubation it was her way of guarding the eggs. Over the next couple of weeks I‘ve been trying to tempt her with Mealworms but only the male quickly picked them up flew away to return in a couple of minutes for more. I have never seen him feeding her so I decided to offer her some, I left couple of Mealworms on the top of the cabinet beside the nest and stepped back, she eventually got of the nest ate the Mealworms then jumped back on to the nest. Over the next few days I eventually got her to take Mealworms out of my hand. I also noticed another female following the male and trying to snatch a Mealworm here and there! That’s when I realised that the female sitting on the nest must have been a stray, initially tried to build a nest inside the garage then for some reason changed her mind and built it on top of the cabinet. She did not tolerate the other female for a second, every time she saw her she’d start a fight chasing her away then fly back to the nest.

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She is waiting for Mealworms

One day I saw the male with the other female behind him waiting to be fed, I threw couple of Mealworms on to the floor, she landed near my feet, the female in the nest lashed out of the nest on to my head pecking me couple of times then she turned on to the other female chasing her away, all this in about 30 seconds and then flue back on to the nest resuming incubation, as if nothing had happened. Bird politics never stops amazing me. I guess that was her saying “Don’t feed the other female; I don’t wanna see her here again.”

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He often sing from the Banksia tree

Fourteen days later two young hatched the other two eggs were infertile, she fed the young extremely well, and they kept gaining weight, I could see her flying in with beak full of earth worms and grubs ever few minutes. One night about midnight I turned the light on and walked outside to check on her, I was surprised to see the empty nest, she wasn’t brooding the now 10 days old young, I put my hand in the nest and yes the young were in it but I had no answer as for why she wasn’t brooding. I looked towards the garden and called out but no, I could not see her. Ah well, I thought what can I do I turned around and just as astonishing there she was sitting on the nest. I never knew that the Blackbirds go out in the middle of the night in search of food!  Over the next few days the smaller young mysteriously disappeared then the following day I found the other young dead on the floor.

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Female sitting on the nest 

Within a week she built another nest this time in the grapevine above the pergola, laid two eggs both hatched and both fledged. I kept feeding her with Mealworms, Cherries, Grapes, Egg and Biscuits and her favoured the Apricots. I ringed the young and can see them flaying around never to far from the pergola and the mother hen always nearby. I also discovered the other female built a nest on one of the neighbour’s fence. She had two attempts but so far I can’t see anything in the nest.

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She made another nest in the Grapevine above Pergola 

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Young Blackbirds

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Soaking up the early morning sun 

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Scratching for Earthworms 

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Definitely the best pet bird in the world

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European Magpies belonging to Jean Michel Eytorff

There are 15 subspecies of Blackbirds scattered throughout the world. The species that the Europeans are most familiar with is the nominate (Turdus merula.merula) often referred to as the European Blackbird.

1.) - T. m. merula, the nominate subspecies, native to most of the Europe
2.) - T. m. azorensis native to Azores
3.) - T. m. cabrerae native to Madeirs and Canary Islands
4.) -  T. m. mauretanicus native to northern Morocco, costal and northern Algeria
5.) - T m. aterrimus native to Hungary, southern Greece, Crete northern Turkey and northern Iraq
6.) - T. m. syriacus  native to Meediranean costal Turkey, south Jordan, Israel and northern Sinai
7.) - T. m. intermedius native to central Russia, Tajikistan, Afganistan and southern Iraq.
8.) - T. m. maximus is a large montane subspecies native to Afganistan, Tibet and China. It is nowhere near as good a singer as most other subspecies but is the lagest.
9.) - T. m. mandarinus native to east China, Hong Kong, Laos and Vietnam
10.) -  T. m. sowerbyi – native to China – Szechwan to Guizhou. It is similar to the T. m. mandarinus
11.) - T. m. nigropileus native to India (western Ghats).
12.) - T. m. spencei native to east Ghats of India.
13.) - T. m. simillimus native to mountains of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in south-west India.
14.) - T. m. bourdilloni native to Kerala and Tamil Nadu similar to T. m. simillimus    but male is more slate brown.
15.) - T. m. kinnisii - native to Ceylon, Sri Lanka  


The Largest Finch Specie in the World
(White-winged Grosbeaks ¼ of meter long)
(by John Quatro)

  The range of the two subspecies extends from Northern Iran (for Mycerobas carnipes speculigerus) and east to Pakistan, and for the (Mycerobas carnipes carnipes) throughout the Himalayas and east to and throughout the Western China. In the wild, large winter flocks of up to 50 – 60 birds can be seen feeding on various seeds and berries, often in the company with other large finches like the Rosefinches. They prefer the altitude of 2500 to about 4500 meters. Their range is mainly covered with Juniper, and scattered seed and berries producing low growth.They are breeding at various altitudes but mainly in Juniper trees.  The male has jet-black head, upper breast, wings, back and tail, with a large white specula on the primaries. The under parts are predominantly olive-yellow. The female is similar except that the black above is replaced with gray and yellow under parts are dull olive-yellow.
Although considered common to very common throughout its rage, in captivity they are still hard to find and only kept by more experienced finch breeders who specialize in larger finch species, like Crossbills, Rosefinches and Grosbeaks. They are definitely not suitable for cage breeding, larger aviary are essential. The White-winged Grosbeaks are similar and often confused with the Spot-winged Grosbeak or the  South American Black-backed Grosbeaks . From my contacts and communication with Carduelan breeders I know that breeding large Grosbeaks is not easy, the beautiful Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona Personata) were only bred recently, one young fledging on two occasions. However, the White-winged Grosbeaks are not as difficult as the Japanese and even though there are more reports of successful breeding, they are still considered as being difficult. Setting up the breeding aviary environment is the key as well as the availability of various fresh green seeding grasses, berries, Pine tree buds and some live food if taken. Some commercially available or homemade soft food is also recommended. In Europe there are many seed mixes commercially available, if you can’t mix your own then the seed mix for larger Finches is recommended. In the USA and Australia, what we call “The small Parrots seed mix” is the nearest thing. To the best of my knowledge the White-winged Grosbeaks are virtually unheard off in the Australian Aviculture.

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      White-winged male  White-winged female  Japanese Grosbeak 
Dutch and German Aviculturists are competing who is going to be first to produce a bird larger then 300mm   

  The White-winged Grosbeaks as well as the Japanese Grosbeaks range in size from 22 cm to about 25 cm, that’s ¼ of meter long and that makes them the largest finch species in the world. There are reports that the Pine Grosbeaks can reach this size as well. I could swear that the Japanese Grosbeak I saw at the show in Europe was probably the largest finch ever but according to Joerg Nitschky (then President of the ICC Germany), he thought that some of the White-winged Grosbeaks can be even larger. Egon Schweers a Grosbeak breeder (about that time) tried to form a Grosbeak society, his exhibition at the show was stunning, he had most of the larger Grosbeak species as well as some of the North and Central American, like the Evening Grosbeaks, Yellow Grosbeaks and the  Blue Grosbeaks. Egon also had an amazing display of various Grosbeak species flight and tail feathers formations, framed and exhibited just like in the art gallery, that was truly an occasion to remember for everyone who attended the show! 

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Collared Grosbeak male & female, Spot-winged Grosbeak male & female, Scarlet Finch male, Japanese Grosbeak
Photos by: J.M.Eytorff

Breeding Grosbeaks is definitely becoming more popular with the more experienced breeders, aggression remaining the most difficult thing to control, it is not uncommon that the female or the male kills or decapitates one another. May be a thought should be given to the aviary design, and what to do with the male after the mating, to save him from sometimes  over aggressive female. Luckily there are occasional pairs that are compatible and very tolerant to each other, so the breeding results are at times achieved, but as a Grosbeak breeder it is important to be able to read any signs of aggression.  

Peter Knops is trying his luck with the White-winged Grosbeaks this year, we all wish him well. The photos in this article are photos of his birds! Peter is one of the very few in the world who are specializing in Crossbills and the European Citril Finches. Check these out!
For those keen to try their luck with the Grosbeaks, I would suggest to obtain the book by: Rob van der Hulst
Breeding American Song Birds’, it provides the essentials on how to keep, care and breed Grosbeaks in captivity.


Is the C.m.alleni prettier than the C.siemiradzkii

Well, they sure are pretty if the word “pretty” has any significance when it comes to preservation of species, but are they prettier? Let’s say they are just as pretty! C.m.alleni has much richer or stronger colours than all other Carduelis magellanica subspecies. When comparing with the Red Siskin the latter is often more appealing to the eye then the C.m.alleni but they are every bit as interesting. When I first saw the C.m.magellanica and the Carduelis Cucculata “side by side” I wondered if there were any other colors out there perhaps a rainbow of other colors, wouldn’t that be something! C.m.alleni is native to Brazil its size varies depending on the region they come from, but in general they are smaller then the most other subspecies and their flight feathers have very little or no white in their primaries, secondaries and tertials. I only ever saw couple of pairs of C.m.alleni at the Carduelan Finch Show in Europe. They might be more common in other countries like Netherlands, France and Spain and certainly the USA. In Australia it is possible, but more likely they are found as hybrids with C.m.magellanica and it’s easy to tell, they stand out a little with their deeper colours from other Hooded Siskin subspecies. 

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C.m.alleni
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C.m.icterica
Photo by: E.Joel

In the past most finch enthusiasts would not recognise and very little effort was put in to maintain the subspecies in captivity whereas nowadays Finch Clubs as well as many breeders keep an eye on subspecies and put great effort in maintaining whatever little variety is found in captivity. The most common are the C.m.magellanica and the C.m.icterica. The C.m.capitalis is also found quite often. Not common but occasionally found in Europe are the C.m.paula and the C.m.boliviana. The C.m.longirostris a very small Hooded Siskin (same size as the C.simeriratzkii but not as colourful) are also found but very rarely nowadays and only once have I seen the C.olivacea in Europe. So far to the best of my knowledge there is no record of other subspecies and I keep in touch with many Siskin breeders through out the world. 

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 Saffron Siskins (C.siemiradzkii)

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The first 2 are C.m.longirostris, the next 3 are C.siemiradzkii the last is C.m.urubambensis
the first five are about the size of a Red Siskin

The C.olivacea has six white "panels" on their wings which is one of the key features in identification of this species and apart from this they are identical to the C.m.capitalis. Certainly in the wild their range would have to be considered and where the birds were observed, which is according to Ridgely—Tudor in “The birds of South America” for C.m.olivacea is Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia from 1200 to about 3000 meters altitude.

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C.m.magellanica
Photos by: J.Quatro

Check out this link for C.olivacea:

                              http://ibc.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/especie.phtml?idEspecie=8842

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C.olivacea and C.m.urubambensis
These are probably the only photos ever taken of these two subspecies 
Photos by: V.Yabar

It is important to note that in the western subspecies of Hooded Siskins as well as the C.olivacea (which for whatever reason is not considered to be subspecie of C.m.magellanica), only females have white belly the males do not. In the Eastern subspecies the C.m.longirostris and the C.m.alleni the females do not have white belly, in the C.m.icterica sometimes both males and females can show some white, more often in the South where they merge with the C.m.magellanica.

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C.mcapitalis
Photo by: J.Quatro

Two subspecies that I haven’t been able to obtain photo off are: C.m.tucumana which I believe is similar to the C.m.urubambensis and the second is the C.m.santacrruces which again I believe is similar to the C.m.alleni. One other is the C.m.boliviana; there are some photos of birds in captivity, but same as for the C.m.santacrruces I can’t find any photos of these birds in the wild and relaying on photos of captive bred birds as reference is not always a good idea.

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Mutant
Photo by: E.Joel

The C.m.alleni is sure pretty but if we could only think in terms of conservation, the word “pretty” wouldn’t be as significant! Conservation continues in captivity, I hope we all feel we have some obligations to preserve biodiversity and prevent species extinction but unfortunately in captivity hybridizing and creation of mutants is the greatest threat. Mutations appear to be the latest craze with finch breeders, but it really got out of hand with Parrot breeders. Their commercial value can be twice or more then that of a pure wild species. This is most evident in the Australian Finches, unless you're living in Australia where mutations in Finches is still rare except in Gouldian Fiches. With the global worming and human expansion as well as flooding the market with mutants, people will soon start to wonder what do the pure wild species look like, so this is bound to change in the years to come, let’s hope it’s not to late.  


Thick-billed Siskins and the Yellow-rumped Siskins reached Europe

Finally a few pairs of  Thick-billed Siskins and the Yellow-rumped Siskins have reached Europe, the few breeders who were lucky enough to purchase them are now hoping for some successful breeding results to be able to supply already a page-full of orders by the Siskin enthusiasts. 
   
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Thick-billed Siskins
(C.c.amadoni)

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Yellow-rumped Siskins
(C.c.uropygiallis)


 

How long do Finches live?

 By: John Quatro

Finches in captivity can live at least double their normal lifespan in the wild. On an average most of my finches live to about 7 years of age. It is true that occasionally seemingly healthy birds don’t even make it to three years, but obviously there must be some logical explanation for that, most times unless you are a Veterinarian yourself you don't worry about what  cause it, certainly not for more common birds or if it's "one off" thing! Most will agree that there's nothing worse then seeing sick birds in captivity, which in most cases is preventable. Often a change of environment will help, like from a cage to an Aviary or an Aviary to a cage etc. Fortunately, I can't say I ever had problems with birds health, mine are kept either in a very large communal aviary during the non breeding season, and from the early Spring they’re kept in pairs in small breeding aviaries 2m high x 1m wide x 2m deep. If they’re given the right diet (whatever they feed on in the wild), clean water, kept in clean – not to over-crowded aviary and kept away from any unnecessary medications, they live longer and seem to stay very healthy. If a bird or birds look sick unless there is something serious, quick response by the keeper with proper medication, birds usually bounce back in no time. On the other hand if the birds are been neglected for a longer period of time, you will be fighting a losing battle. How long do the finches live? I have something to be proud off, one of my Red Siskins lived to 14 years of age and I read articles where they claim that some Siskins lived to 19 years of age.

Carduelan Finches breed best from year two to year four and then the fertility of eggs starts to decrease. I noticed that five and six years old females have about 50% fertility rate. Two and three year olds are in their prime, laying up to 6 eggs per clutch. Normal clutch for most Carduelan species is four eggs, the birds over six years of age average 3 eggs with fertility rate of about 33%, if you’re lucky!  They stop producing fertile eggs at about seven years of age. I had uncolored 6 months old Red Siskin female lay 4 fertile eggs and all four hatched, then again I had 8 years olds lay one to three eggs and I do not remember the eggs ever being fertile. As a rule, all of my breeding pairs remain in my aviaries until they die, so I'm able to keep notes on their aging process. The females, for as long as they build a nest and lay at least one egg, can be used as foster mothers, with their proven experience they're usually very good at it. 

Eventually they all lose the ability to fly, the age varies but usually it starts from about eight to twelve years, their eyesight also becomes poor, they turn into ground dwellers, hopping around from a food dish to a dish, if they’re healthy their appetite remains good. I noticed that at some point of time at that very old age if they fall on their back, they find it difficult to get back on their feet. During the wormer months they can be left in an aviary, I make sure they have some low branches they can climb onto, to spend the night. During the colder months I put them into a heated cage in the evening, and put them back in the aviary early in the morning. I also noticed that if I gently stretch each wing just for a few seconds downwards 45° (towards the tail), and then again gently upwards 45° once or twice a day, after a day or so they appear to gain the ability to fly for a short distance but only in a straight line. These old birds always turn into a very short tempered old birds, do not tolerate other birds anywhere near them and the disputes, if the other bird is persistent, sometime goes on for a very long time, until either it gets knocked of its perch or the other bird  flays away.  When the bird loses ability to fly they die within 12 to 18 months. This applies to all Carduelan finches, here I’m talking from my experience with the Siskins, (Red & Hooded), Saffron Finches, Chaffinches, European Greenfinches, Redpolls, European Goldfinches and the Green and Gray Singers.

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That's him 4 years ago

Birds in the wild never get to this age! The moment they lose the sense of alertness they’re immediately spotted and taken by skilled predators like Cats, Snakes the Butcher birds etc. I do not have any data on any research on how long do the finches live in the wild but can’t see they would make it much more pass the five to seven years. I read that some species like the Cardinals can live up to 20 years and more, (50 in captivity). Breeding and fertility rate of finches in the wild as they age would be about the same as in the captive birds.
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This bird was banded in Jan 1998 and lived to 28 Sep 2006- this makes him almost 9 years old.

Watching wild parrots and other birds feeding at the birdfeeder I can often spot the very young and the very old birds. I can approach and sometimes touch them while they’re still feeding, which is impossible to do with fully alert two and three year olds. I often thought about other species, how do the large Raptors age? I remember reading articles about the Raptors that “cannot fly”, people saying “they do not seem to be able to fly; they barely lift their feet off the ground”!
 May be they’re old birds and are just scavenging for food! 
I also had reports about the very tiny wild Hummingbirds, people writing about the birds they simply take from a tree in a morning, take them inside the house, warm them up a little, give them a little bit of warm nectar then they put the birds out onto a feeder. The birds appear to be OK for the rest of the day; they often remain for days in the vicinity of the feeder! This appears to be common throughout the North, Central and South America.
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Unafraid, eating from my hand. Can't get back up on his feet

Now, what is the lifespan of a small hummingbird? They say the smaller the bird is the shorter the life span, anywhere from 4 to about 12 years depending on species. Where as with dogs, smaller species of dogs have longer life span than the larger species dogs, that's quite the opposite!

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One of his young, season 2004 - 2005

In conclusion, it is important to remember that when birds do not look well, they are not necessarily sick, they may be old! Therefore pouring medicine down their throat is not going to help, there shouldn't be that many  requests for help with sick finches, may be that half of those birds are at that age! I think my old breeding pairs deserve all the attention I can give them, for lots of pleasant memories and all the young they produced over the years! Never give away your breeding pairs! I still have the descendents of Siskins I bought 25 years ago.  

And check this out; this data some may say is not 100% accurate but it can’t be far from

 

Species

Life span - In the wild
(years)

Life span - In captivity
(years)

Budgies

5 - 6

15 and over

Canaries

6

15 and over

Cockatiels

12

20

Cockatoos

60

80

Conures

20

30

Doves

6

15

Emus

10

20

Finches

5 - 6

8 to15

Geese

25

40

Hummingbirds

4 - 12

 

Lovebirds

10

20

Macaws

60

80 and over

Ostriches

35

50

Penguins

20

 

Pigeons

5

15

 


 

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