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The Lesser Seed Finch

Updated on March 10, 2014

The Lesser Seed Finch aka winey, curio, bullfinch and chikki chung

There are three known species. The Oryzoborus Angolensis Funereus , the Oryzoborus Angolensis torridus and Oryzoborus Angolensis Angolensis ,which acquire the greatest interest, for their singing ability and fiber qualities.

The Lesser Seed Finch

A Companion Pet

The lesser seed finch is a small bird of the Fringílidas family order Passeriformes, it is also known as "the friend of man" Curio, Bullfinch, Chikki Chung or Chicky Chung, Chestnut Bellied Seed Finch and winey.

The adult males are black with a wine colored breast, a white spot on the wings and white under the wings also. The females and juveniles are brown all over with white under wings. This makes it almost impossible to tell the difference in gender when they are young.

The males are trained to be highly valued master songbirds and regarded as great companion pets for bird lovers. They can be trained to copy the song of other birds with their sweet harmonic vocals. Once thought to be on the verge of extinction, they became a protected species. Thanks to great conservation efforts and breeding programs by IBAMA these birds now have a chance to be a part of our lives.

Lesser seed finches can be found in South American and Caribbean areas namely Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.

It is common to see proud owners display their prize birds and some even match them against others in singing competitions.

Feeding Your Finch

Food and Supplement

As the name depicts the lesser seed finch is mainly a seed eater, but we know that seeds alone cannot provide all the necessary vitamins and minerals consistent to a balanced diet. It is almost impossible to know all that a bird consumes in the wild. It is important to formulate a balanced diet for the birds we keep in captivity. A good seed mix can be based on 50% of canary seed and 40% of a mixture of different Millet. The last 10% may include a mixture of rice paddy and other seeds as Oats, Niger, Rapeseed, Linseed, Fennel, etc ... The canary seed most closely matches the nutritional values accepted as adequate basic diet for the maintenance of finches. The various types of millet have the same nutritional outcome and are diversified in the seed mix only as a way to make it more palatable for the birds. Because finches are extremely active, your diet can be a little more energy than other birds.

Always offer your bird a source of calcium, this could be cuttlefish bone, crushed eggshells or a calcium supplement, sunlight for vitamin D3 is also important in the absorption of calcium.

Supply fresh water daily for drinking and a bathtub for bathing, finches love their baths.

Keep a molting tonic handy as sudden changes may cause birds to go into a partial molt.

Your Finch Health

Medication

Some of the common ailments that may affect your bird and the recommended treatment. Keep in mind that these are only suggestions and by no means a professional solution. You should consult a qualified vet if you are not sure what the symptoms in a sick bird mean.

Coccidiosis is caused by Isospora lacazei and other species of the same genus. Recognition can only be made by microscopic examination in adulthood.

The microbe is passed through feces, when the feces dries it can infect the birds through the air through food and water.

Adult birds can be carriers of isosporosis without having symptoms of disease, but contaminated feces could affect other birds or chicks themselves.

Symptoms are Fatigue, continuous thirst and chest bone protrudes. It primarily affects the small intestine, causing bleeding. The birds are sad, rough, no strength to fly, even when you get near to them. The birds remain long at the feeder eating little, but not absorbing nutrients from the food ingested. The feces become soft and sometimes bloody.

Treatment is Coccidex it produces great results.

Prevention is Good hygiene, quarantine new birds received and use of Pro-biotics and pre-biotics in food.

The Knemidocoptes Mite causes beaks, feathers and feet mange. Lives on and under the skin of the bird, promoting itching. The mites penetrate the skin of the bird lifting it. With the evolution of the disease the skin dies leading to whitish crusts, and may also create wounds because the bird scratches too often the affected area.

Contamination by this mite may cause vitamin A deficiency and, nutritional deficiencies. The mite after infecting a bird can stay up to two years in latent (dormant), and not lead to clinical disease.

As a prevention measure quarantine and use preventive treatment on birds,

Take the bird, open the wing and spray with 8 in 1 Ultra Care Mite and Lice Spray, for wounds use a sulfur base ointment.

Prevention use 4 or 5 drops of vinegar in the bathwater helps keep parasites away.

Fun With The Bullfinch - Videos

One Pole ...two bullfinch aka curio , lesser seed finch competing

People admire the great songbird

A Bullfinch singing competition

everyone wants to show off their bullfinch

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

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