The Yellow-Rumped Finch
Suitability: These guys are a member of the Mannikin family and are known for their timid nature in the aviary. They appear to do better as a small colony and all members will interact amiably. Despite their size they are placid in the mixed collection. Cocks tend to have the whiter and slightly larger heads.
A standard finch mix, such as Golden Cobb, will be readily taken and they are fairly indifferent to livefood but the extra protein is relished by some pairs it is not essential for breeding.
Breed much better on half-ripe green feed and relish the addition of most green feed to their diet especially when breeding. When feeding green grasses it is best to hang these from the ceiling so that the Yellow-rumps may indulge their habit of running up the stems when eating the seed heads – great to watch too! Will almost completely rear young on greens alone!
Breeding: Construct their own nest on most occasions in the Tea-tree and will rarely use any type of nest box although the occasional pair will use a wicker basket. The nest is not lined and no sleep nest is constructed. Like to use some greens grass strips for the external shell of the nest. Recommended: These finches really should suit the beginner but their availability varies due partly to their somber colour scheme – however they should rear without too much trouble. A good worming and coccidia regime is also recommended.
Mutations: None that I am aware of although some will throw a bird that resembles a Chestnut/Yellow-rump cross occasionally which may reflect the overlap of ranges in the wild.
Permit: A permit is required to keep these finches in NSW.