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Published on Mar 14, 2014
These Gouldian finches are kept in a heated shed with a covered outdoor flight. They are allowed to spend as much time outside as they like, all through the year. I prefer to keep them as a group in a large space, with lots of plants and enrichment, as it definitely brings out their natural behaviour and extremely inquisitive nature. They are very active birds for the majority of the day.
The Gouldian finches love investigating the plants, even though they are all artificial (plastic or silk). They always ate the real ones, so I replaced them with plastic plants, which have the advantage that they can be washed!
Sometimes, lots of the Gouldians spend time hopping around on the floor, or hidden in a bush. Despite their extremely bright colours, their green backs do help them blend in from the right angle and in a bush, their red heads just look like berries!
They all get on really well and there is hardly ever any arguing, even when they are nesting. I think it helps that there are more hens than cocks though and I feel that this is important. The red heads tend to be more dominant than the black heads. while the few yellow heads I have are quite timid birds.
Some of the red head cocks have strong personalities and are quite tame, often flying over to have a good look at me. They adore the sunshine and sunbathing in very high temperatures (over 30C), although I do provide them with shaded areas. They look at their most spectacular in natural sunshine. I prefer the natural purple fronts to the many mutations that have appeared over the years. I personally think that natural Gouldians are the most beautiful bird on the planet.