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The Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta) also known as Cherry Finch is a common species of estrildid finch found in Australia. It is found in dry savannah and subtropical/tropical (lowland) dry shrubland in Australia. Cherry Finches for sale prefer an aviary with shrubs and tall growing grasses.

Geography: Australia

Song/Call: Click to hear the song of the Cherry Finch

Size:  4.33″

Lifespan: 7 to 8 years

Sexing: The Cherry Finches are easily sexed. The female is similar to the male but lacks the male’s black chin spot.

Temperament:  Cherry Finches are non aggressive in a mixed aviary. They are hardy birds who breed well and are happiest in a small aviary or large planted aviary.

Breeding: The plum-headed finch breeds mainly from September to January in the south and from August to March in the north. The nest is round, laterally compressed chamber of green grass and is built in thick bushes. Four to six pure white eggs are laid. They will breed all year round if conditions are suitable and a compatible pair would be good for a beginner / intermediate level bird-keeper. Can be bred as a colony or one pair can be bred in a large canary style cage.

Diet:  Classic Finch Seed, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, Dried Egg Food, Mineral Grit, Millet Sprays, Cuttlefish Bone

DNA testing

If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.

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