Erythrura Psittacea

Pair of Sea Green Red-Headed Parrot FinchesMale Red-Headed Parrot Finch

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At the moment, no sub-species are known.  Normal and Pied Red-Headed Parrot Finches

Geographic Distribution: 

The Red-Headed Parrot Finch is found primarily in the island of New Caledonia.

Native Habitat: 

The Red-Headed Parrot Finch inhabits tropical islands and open areas bordering forests. They are also seen in farm lands and urban areas where they occur in flocks of up to 20 birds foraging for food.

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Length: 4  inches (12 cm). 

Male: The forehead, forecrown, face, throat and breast is bright red. The body plumage is green. The rump and upper tail coverts including central tail feathers are red. The eyes are brown and the legs and feet dark flesh color. This bird is monomorphic which makes sexing a challenge. 

Female: The females green/red plumage is duller and less luminous. She is slightly smaller than the male.

Avicultural Notes: 

The Red-headed parrot finch is one of the most widely available of the parrot finches in captivity along with the Blue-Faced Parrot Finch. These two species are considered well established in aviculture. The Red-Headed Parrot Finch will thrive in captivity with a good quality finch mix, both dry and soaked. Greens and some fruits (oranges, apples, figs) are readily accepted. Live food is provided to my stock while young are being reared. If fed a proper diet these parrot finches are unproblematic to breed and rear young. This was proven by Norman Nicholson in 1950, who bred this species through 18 generations in captivity. My Red-Headed Parrot Finches nest in half open nest boxes. They have chosen coconut fiber as the material of choice. Once nest construction has been completed egg laying will commence.

Nest hygiene is practiced, and nest is usually refurbished for future broods. The youngsters do not return to the nest after they have fledged. Young are sexually mature at 9 to 12 months and attain adult plumage at 3 to 4 months. They are ready to mate at a really early age, but they should be segregated by sex in holding cages without nesting sites to prevent premature broods. I believe best results occur when the birds are at least 12 months of age.Pied Sea Green Red-Headed Parrot Finch


A number of variations have developed in this species

Normal Pied In this mutation, areas of the normal green plumage coloration is replaced by yellow. The face mask remains completely red. The heredity is autonomic dominant. This mutation was first recorded at Holland in the late 1970s.


Sea Green - Here, the green is replaced with a bluish color. The red areas of the head and rump are replaced by orange. The heredity is sex-linked.


Pied Sea Green - The sea green plumage is replaced with splashes of white.

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