Lady Gouldian Finch
Lady Gouldain Finch image courtsey: efinch.com
Lady Gouldian Finch – The cute little creature that is at our mercy.
The Finch Couple.
There may be more beautiful birds in the world but no species sport such a variety of coloration than these cute creatures known after Mrs. Elizabeth Gouldian Finch wife as well as research partner of Mr. Gouldian Finch a famous ornithologist who discovered this species for the first time. This couple has one more credit in history as who brought a pair of live love-birds (Budgerigars) to
Lady Gouldain Finch image courtsey: epage.com
Gouldian Finch is a very social being and always moves in flocks. They are afraid of human beings and keep away from human settlements. They are nomadic and during wet season they are found on the grass lands and summer times in the woods. Nesting is done on the hollows of trees (varieties of eucalyptus tree) or in termites mounds. In captivity they thrive but breeding will be successful only if proper care, ambient atmosphere as well as good feeds are provided. The young chicks are very delicate they die if not cared.
Gouldian Finches exhibit the largest variety in color (stark yellow, black or red) and previously they were thought to be different species by bird watchers. When males sport bold colors females are having mild colored plumes so that it doesn’t attract predators. It is believed that the colorful males divert the attention and mislead the predators thereby protecting the brooding females.
These little birds have been facing extinction due various threats like wild fires which destroy their nests and the young ones, overgrazing by cattle destroying their habitats, bird-catchers etc. The latest epidemic ‘the air sac mite’ (a parasite) that infects them is more serious than the threats stated first. There are only around 2500 members of these birds left in the wild their survival is seriously challenged.
Many agencies like ‘Fabulous Finch’ have bred them in captivity and let them to their natural habitats but so far could not succeed in getting them well settled again in the wild but all hopes are not still not over as optimism prevails as long as they are available in captivity there are chances of further attempts.
Breeding them in captivity. (nest making)
Courtship dance of Lady Gouldian Finch
The Gouldian Finches are not easily bred in captivity like the lovebirds. Only those who have sufficient time to spare and genuine interest can opt to it. Without basic knowledge in bird keeping it will not succeed. you can find more info on breeding here Fabulous Finch Home Page. The aviary can be as big as possible! But in no case it should be less than 4x4x4 feet. Direct sunlight may be avoided it would better if the nest is placed in a corner without much human traffic as these birds are a bit shy. The cage can be made of wire mesh or cardboard (bottom should be of wire mesh with a sliding tray beneath make it easy to remove droppings) but it should be unreachable to predators like snakes, cats, rats etc.
Nests should provide ambient atmosphere to the birds, this can be facilitated with enough place to fly and placing dry branches of trees with dangling swings for them to sit, play and take rest, small colorful balls (color black may be avoided). Small cardboard cases with holes for them to enter to give them some privacy, small wooden pots with bottom layered with coconut fiber for laying eggs etc will do to give them some natural settings.
Gouldians are generally seed eaters but during breeding season they eat insects, larvae, spiders etc for protein requirement, therefore care should be taken to see they are not malnourished in a cage. Minced meat, good quality grains (finger millet, ragi (thina)), vitamins, fresh-water etc should always there in the cage. Leftovers should be removed daily and never kept in the cage. - Fabulous Finch Online Store
The semi-god man.
In the last five or six centuries man has gained a semi-god status, a number of other living things look at human beings for their existence; this cute little bird is one among them, They are utterly defense less against the daunting threats like wild fires, greedy bird-catchers, predators and parasites. Lovers of nature and its beautiful diversities alone can lend a helping hand by supporting these creative activities. - Save the Gouldian Fund
‘Loka samasta sukhino bhavanthu’ as the stated in the Hindu Scriptures meaning ‘let all the beings in the world live in happiness’.