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Four species are now covered, with help from well-known UK Parrotfinch (and Waxbill) breeder Graham Lee.
Breeding Blue-faced Parrot Finches, Red-headed Parrot Finches and Tricolor or Forbes Parrot Finches is relatively straightforward.
Pin-tailed Parrot Finches may be less easy but they are not difficult.   Availability of young birds in the UK is more the problem.

Blue-faced Parrotfinch

Erythrura trichroa

Yellow - black eyed cock
Yellow black-eyed cock and normal hen
Blue-faced hen - split for yellow

Courtsey Graham Lee
A free breeding Parrot Finch.   Perhaps the best for those just starting with Parrot Finches.

A robust, easy- to- care- for bird (with a nice little song), which is freely available in the UK.
Not suited to colony breeding, unlike the Pin-tailed Parrot Finch.

However, unlike several other parrotfinches, it is a good parent-rearing bird.
Certainly not the most visually commanding of Parrot Finches, except in sunlight.

To my eye, a very attractive mutation is the black-eyed yellow (not to be confused with the Lutino and its eyesight problems).

Link button to section on Blue-faced Parrot finches

Pin-tailed Parrotfinch | Pin-tailed Nonpareil Parrotfinch

Erythrura prasina


A stunning, albeit nervous and quite shy, Parrot Finch.   Not a species for the beginner and now difficult to obtain.

A very rewarding Parrot Finch, particularly as it seems to be a very willing colony breeder when conditions are to its liking.
There is a naturally occurring yellow-bellied colour variant.

Although much skill must go into producing mutations, I have not seen any which compete with the natural form for colour and sheer beauty.
Many foster-rear as parent-rearing can be challenging with some birds.

A major frustration with these birds is their unwillingness to try new, or different, foods.   This leads to problems with some to parent rear.

Button linking to Pintailed Parrot finch section

Red-headed Parrotfinch | Red-throated Parrotfinch

Erythrura Psittacea

Red-headed

Definitely a very characterful, active, engaging and attractive Parrot Finch.   You will fall for this bird.  Another which suits newcomers to Parrot Finches. 

It is willing to breed, robust and lively.   Ideally bred as single pairs but with space and cover more than one pair will breed.
Not as readily available in the UK as the Blue-faced, which is surprising given that it is easy to care for and to breed.

Parent-rearing is fine with this species.

It is quite easy to sex as the male alone emits his pitiful excuse for a song.
The Sea-green is an attractive mutation but does it really vie with the normal Reds?

My personnal attitude to 'spotty' mutations generally is probably clear already.

The exception to the rule.   This link shows a beautiful sea-green mutation.

Link to Red-headed Parrot finch homepage

Tricolored | Blue-breasted | Tanimbar |
Forbes Parrotfinch

Erythrura tricolor

courtesy Graham Lee

 Forbes - Juvenile

A discreet bird which can be nervous and likes to keep itself to itself.

It is very attractive in an understated way and easy to sex by colour alone.

The overall impression is that it is not for the newcomer but that it is easier than the Pin-tailed.
Some keepers parent-rear with ease while others have to use fosters.  The tendency to obesity is one of the main negatives of the Forbes.

This is a bird which seems to need to pair bond very young and breed early.   Some report that it isn't particularly long-lived.

Link - Graham - Home
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