Keeping Blue-faced Parrotfinches

(aka Blue faced Parrot finches)

Erythrura trichroa

Enjoy the Blue-faced Parrot Finch.   Easy to keep, easy to breed and a nice songster in a summer aviary.
General - The normal bird is primarily green with a deep blue mask.

The Blue-faced Parrot Finch lies midway between the very active, inquisitive, friendly, Red-headed Parrot Finch and the shy, reclusive, relatively inactive Pin-tailed.

It is an engaging character.

In sunlight it appears significantly more colourful.

Its main claim to fame for me is the song of the cock, particularly in an outside flight in summer.
Housing - Blue-faced Parrot Finches ideally should be bred as single pairs in flights or large cages.   A metre cube is my minimum.

Although they will breed in relatively small cages, but obesity can occur and birds lose condtition.

I have tried to colony breeding with absolutely no success.  Ten birds were housed in a large aviary with offshoot compartments with nest boxes.

Breeding was attempted but there was too much aggression and interference. A few eggs were laid but none hatched Nests were often taken over.


Feeding - Blue-faced aren't at all fussy.  Most mixes seem to suit them.   They're quite willing to try new foods..

They make more use of egg food, even when they are not rearing chicks, than do the Pin-tailed.

Grit eat a lot of the crushed oyster shell with dry vitamins plus minerals mix (available at all times).

They also like water cress.
Sexing - Other breeders do not seem to have this problem, but I have difficulty distinguishing visually between cocks and hens.

Cocks are generally more robust.   However, the main difference is the extent and intensity of the blue face.   Excellent pictures showing male versus female here - link.

Once a true pair is installed in an adequate cage or flight there is very little to prevent breeding.