The Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu
Suitability: Another member of the Waxbill family which means that livefood as well as seeds are recommended in order for them to be breed to their potential. They love seed mixes with small seeds such as those in our Taste of Africa line which were developed for the Waxbill family.
Best kept as single pairs as there may be some aggression between males if you put more than one pair into a smaller aviary. They are one of the most attractive finches we have available to us and the males courtship dance is a treat to view.
Breeding: Will breed without livefood but results are usually poor – maggots, mealworms and termites all equally consumed.
Will construct their own nest with swamp grass, white and Emu feathers. These guys will utilise a range of nest boxes and wicker baskets in which to breed in but prefer to build in the brush of the aviary.
Recommended: Equally for the novice wanting to move up into the waxbill family or just wishing to introduce a bit of colour into the aviary. Their size and colour and endearing nature also makes them popular with the experienced breeder. Pairs of these finches can be sensitive to nest inspection so beware!
Mutations: To the best of my knowledge the only established mutation is the pied bird. The amount of pied on the birds is very variable as is their price but usually the great the pied the greater their price.
Permits: None required in NSW.
- The Complete Soft Food (Cordon Blue, as with most finches require food thats high in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. The Complete Soft Food was developed to ensure birds were recieving ALL of these componants from one product.)