Exotic birds: listing, breeding and breeding in captivity. Advice on nesting, mating and hatching.
Warning! It is important to emphasize that our rules on animal protection and international health measures severely limit the import ofexotic birdsfrom abroad. For this reason, many specimens are difficult to find on the market. The restrictions placed more value on captive-bred specimens. In this article we will focus onlist of exotic birdseasier to breed and reproduce.
Exotic birds, mating and nest
Unlike the canaries, which are thepet birdsmore suitable for mating and reproduction in captivity, theexotic birdsthey have difficulty adapting to our climate and life in cages (in captivity).
The bad adaptation to life in a cage is revealed with a big limit: theexotic birdsthey are seldom succeednestwhen kept in captivity. In some cases, these birds can get to the preparation of the nest or even the laying of the eggs, but from here the road is all uphill: the birds do not prepare to hatch and do not carry on the nests!
Once theexotic birdsthey have laid their eggs, many breeders move them, inserting them in the hatching nests of othersbirdsmore suitable for captivity. Typically, theexotic birdsmost used for nesting and to carry out the hatching of eggs of other species are thesparrows of Japan.
Exotic birds, list of the most popular
The list includes:
- Japan sparrow
Scientific name: Lonchura striata f. housekeeper
- Mandarin diamond and other diamond birds
Scientific name: varies according to the subspecies bred. Undoubtedly the most common is Taeniopygia guttata, a Timorese diamond mandarin.
- Padda or Java Finch
Scientific name: Padda oryzivora
- Gouldian diamond
Scientific name: Chloebia gouldiae
- Indian Blackbird
Scientific name: many subspecies are widespread. It is among theexotic birdsmore bred. they are that of the Great Indian blackbird (Gracula europea religius), Middle Indian blackbird (Gracula europea intermedia) and Little Indian blackbird (Gracula europea indica).
AmongAustralian exotic birdswe point out, in addition to the already mentioneddiamond birds, padda and sparrow of japan, we point out the cappuccino (tricolor cappuccino, testabianca cappuccino), the sparrow of the moluccas, the weasel, the domino and we remember the manyexotic birdswith “Diamante” denomination (Coloria diamond, Red-tailed diamond, Bavetta diamond, Quadricolore diamond…).
Exotic birds that are easier to breed and reproduce
Undoubtedly, whoever wantsbreed exotic birdsand get good results with hatching and breeding, you should aim for thoseexotic birdswhich are best suited to life in a cage (in captivity). That means:
- Sparrow of Japan
It is a "hybrid", a bird produced in captivity through crosses between birds of the genus Lanchura. This small and robust exotic bird can nest at any time of the year and also hatch the eggs of other small exotic birds. It is 11-12 cm long and has very variable shades and colors.
- Mandarin diamond
It is a natural species, Taeniopygia castanotis. It is 10 - 11 cm long and its natural color is gray in the upper part of the belly while the plumage has a color ranging from white to light brown.
- Gouldian diamond
Loved for its bright and vivid colors. Like the Mandarin Diamond, this is also one of the most popularAustralian exotic birds. It nests easily in captivity even if, only rarely does it carry out the hatching. Many breeders reproduce it using wet nurses (Japanese sparrows).
These are undoubtedly theexotic birdseasier to keep and nest. For thereproduction, in nature, these animals build basket-shaped or pear-shaped nests. The nests, in nature, are made with the most varied materials: feathers of tall birds, hairs, horsehair, threads, mosses, grass stems ... In captivity, to tryreproduction of exotic birds, pear-shaped vimid nests are successfully used to hang in gabions. The nests are then stuffed by the birds themselves (the couple) with the classic materials used for the nesting of canaries (jute threads, wadding, wool, grass stems ...).
To give you an example of the nest that you can use to allow the reproduction of these youngexotic birds, I refer you to "this Amazon page“, Where a pear-shaped nest in woven wicker is offered at a price of € 6.40 with free shipping. The entrance hole can be easily widened with a small modification but is suitable for the easily reproducing species mentioned in this article.
Remember that the cage must also be well sized: if you intend to mate, nest and reproduce theseexotic birds, you should organize yourself with gabions or aviaries.