Max and Erma necking
ZEBRA FINCHES are so easy! What's not to love?! Plus they beep like the beeper in the boardgame "Taboo." Here is a male BlackCheeked Zebra and his wife here at home:
The GRASSFINCHES also come in a smaller variety of colors, but there are species that vary the appearance in small ways, also. T Shafttails, or Longtailed Grassfinches, are identified chiefly by their orange bill. Heck's Grassfinch has a bright coral red beak. Both are Australian in origin. Hybrids of the two are also red-beaked. The Parson Finch is similar but has a black beak. Diggle's Finch looks like a Parson Finch (black-beaked) but has a black rump. See a bird like this with a yellow waxy bill and a mask? You guessed it-- the Masked Grassfinch. White ear patches, but otherwise looks like a Masked? It's a White-eared Grassfinch! :)
RED BISHOP (I know it's orange!), is a weaver from Africa. Put in some grass and watch him sew and weave a home of his own. This particular one has only one leg due to an unfortunate fight with a Pintailed Whydah I USED to own. Some finches, as small and tiny as they are, do need to be watched for aggressiveness, but for the most part, I group birds together in large aviaries.
my Cordon Bleu or my Cordon Green?
The GOLD-BREASTED WAXBILL. Just beautiful. Just beautiful. Just beautiful.
Other birds housed together here at my home are Zebra finches, bronze-winged mannikins, tri-colored nuns, spice finches, cordon bleus (a bright sky blue color!), Napoleon weavers (yellow instead of orange), Java rice birds (white, fawn, grey, pied), black-masked lovebirds (blue and regular), peach-faced lovebirds (Max and Erma!), Fischer's lovebirds, parakeets, golden song sparrow, orange-cheeked waxbills, red-eared waxbills, red-rumped waxbills, cutthroats, Indian silverbills, St Helena waxbills, and canaries.
The birds live OUTSIDE in the summer.
We used to have pets besides birds and fish, but they (like us) grew old:
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