Bamboo Parrot Finch - Erythrura Hyperythra

Female Bamboo Parrot FinchMale Bamboo Parrot Finch

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Sub-species: Bamboo Parrot Finches (Microrhyncha Sub-Species)

There are eight recognized sub-species of the Bamboo parrot finch. They are distributed throughout a wide geographic range. 

Geographic Distribution: 

Click to see a larger map.This species is distributed throughout Borneo, Celebes, Philippines, the Lesser Sunda Islands (Bali, Lombok, Flores, Sumbawa), and the Malay Peninsula .  

Native Habitat: 

Rain forest areas surrounding secondary vegetation and around bamboo thickets.


Length: Around 4 inches (10 cm). 

Male: Forehead and forecrown cobalt blue. The face, throat, median areas of underparts and under tail coverts are dark reddish buff-brown. The eyes are brown and the beak is back. The legs and feet are flesh colored. 

Female: The overall plumage of the female is less vivid.

Avicultural Notes:

I have never personally kept or breed this species. Much of the information contained relating to their care and breeding is supplied from different sources.

In the wild the Bamboo parrot finch consumes bamboo seeds as part of there diet. In captivity these birds will thrive on a good quality finch mix, seeding grasses, greens and occasional fruit. Meal worms can be provided to supplement the live food intake while breeding. Bamboo parrot finches are fast flyers and need ample space for exercise.

Breeding Bamboo parrot finches can be achieved in cages and aviaries. These birds need an area of privacy in your bird room to feel secure and start to nest. The Bamboo parrot finch will nest in half open nest boxes. These birds readily accept coconut fiber, burlap and similar materials for nest construction.

Both parents feed the young. Young can attain adult plumage at 4-6 months and are sexually mature at about 8 months. The Bamboo parrot finch which is not in prime breeding condition tend to go into a pin feather molt, and the difficulty arises in getting both sexes out this condition at the same time. A technique of separating groups of males and females helps the breeder select specific birds that completed the molt.  As certain birds from each group complete molting you can start your selective pairing for breeding. Bengalese have been used to foster eggs and young when parents donít carry out their duties. The Bamboo parrot finch is still not fully established as they are not readily available.


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