Strawberry Finch or Red Avadavats
Natural Distribution and Habitat
Native to India, Indo china and areas of indonesia they are common in grasslands, cultivation areas, gardens and rise paddy areas.
Strawberry Finch Diet
Seed– Be sure to feed your strawberyy finches a good quality seed mix, be wary of some supermarket brands as they contain alot of filler seed and are not of the best quality.
Sprouted seed– Useful for Strawberry finches when seeding grasses are difficult to find for details how to prepare see finch care page
Greens– Half ripe seeding grasses are essential for this finch.
Vitamin supplement– Important for the health and vitality of strawberry finches this should be added via the water supply.
Live food– Feed when birds are breeding, meal worms and fly pupae with a couple of pinches of wombaroo insectivore mix.
Egg and biscuit formula-a very important protein supplement especially for breeding birds. This can be fed with live food.
Grit– feed a good quality fine finch grit containing charcoal, shell, crushed cuttlebone, baked egg shell and limestone. Do not place this mix with seed.
Breeding Strawberry Finches
Breeding from october to febuary strawberry finches will nest in wicker nests, half open nest boxes or in tall grasses. Nesting material such as swamp grass and white feathers must be supplied for the birds to construct the nest. The hen will lay around 6 white eggs with an incubation period of 13 days. The fedgelings will begin to venture out of the nest at 3 weeks of age but will be continually fed by the parents for a further 3 weeks as they learn to crack seed on their own.
Sexing Strawberry Finches
The hen is a dull grey with a patch of dark around the eyes compared to the male who is a coppery red over most of the body with white dots.