This bird is not found in the wild, but was bred from the sharp-tailed munia. The Bengalese comes in various colors, and there are even some varieties that have a little crest. They have an excellent reputation as foster parents. If a breeder has a preference for a particular color, he will need to continue breeding just that particular color from 3-5 times.


Finch, canary, bird of paradise, lyrebird, starling, wren, warbler, or bunting, they will need the largest cage you can afford; since they are not usually finger-tamed and spend most of their time in their cage, they need plenty of room. Cage width and depth are more important than height. Make sure the cage is zinc-safe and lead-free, with appropriate bar size and spacing. Natural hardwood branches make the best perches; sandpaper perches should never be used. Choose a variety of non-toxic wood or acrylic toys to keep your bird busy, and rotate them to avoid boredom.


These birds should be fed a variety of foods, including vitamin-fortified seed mix, dark green, leafy vegetables, yams, carrots, hard boiled eggs, and some fruit. Grit, gravel, and oyster shells should never be given. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times. Vitamin supplements are not needed with this diet.


Tray liners should be replaced every day and the cage bottom, fittings and dishes regularly washed with hot water and soap. Once a month, disinfect the cage with diluted bleach; be sure to rinse thoroughly. Line the tray with black and white newspaper or paper towels. It is unsafe to use pine/cedar shavings, corn cob or walnut bedding.


Supply them with ample nest boxes (half open: 25x25x25cm) and nesting material (coconut fiber and grass), because some birds simply allow other more aggressive birds to take an unfair share of these materials. it is best not to allow more than 4 broods per season and avoid winter breeding. A large clutch of perhaps 10 or more eggs indicates that your “couple” is really two hens. Two cocks may also behave like a couple, but the lack of eggs gives them away. A normal couple will have a clutch of about 5-7 eggs, incubated in about 18 days by both parents. After another 20 days, the young fly out of the nest.


Finch, canary, bird of paradise, lyrebird, starling, wren, warbler, or bunting, they have very sensitive respiratory systems and should not be exposed to cigarette smoke, aerosols, harsh cleaning products, or other toxic fumes.

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