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Africa is home to some of the world’s most delightful and exotic birds, and in this space we will look at the Blu-Capped Cordon Bleu Finch.
About This Bird: The Blue-Capped Cordon Bleu is a stunning bird from Africa. The males are sky blue, with beige wings and underbelly. The sky blue coloring of the females is more faded looking, or, perhaps, dirty colored. The young males will resemble that of the females, until they get older.
Dimensions: These waxbills from Africa are small. They only size up between four, to five inches, in all around size.
The Origin: This bird resides in, and originates from Africa.
Mutations: There is a Cordon Bleu known also as, the common Cordon, or, the Uraeginthus Angolensis. There is also a Cordon Bleu known as the Red Cheeked, or, Uraeginthus Bengalus. On these sub species, however, the males are the only ones with the patches of red cheeks.
How it Gets Along With Others: This bird can mix with a wide variety of birds in any sort of setting. However, there must be a lot of space in the aviary, and the presence of other species must outnumber that of the Cordon Bleus. If a female is present during the mating season, the male Cordon Bleus will become aggressive with each other.
Accommodations: Do not keep these birds in small breeding confines, or cages. They will pick at their feathers from boredom, and even aggression will become a problem. They enjoy large spaces with lots of scenery, and bells and whistles. During the winter do not leave these birds outside if the conditions are harsh. They enjoy mild to warm temperatures.
Mating: This delightful display will have the male dancing about on his perches with a blade of grass in his mouth while the female follows him while singing. These birds will lay about anywhere from four, to six eggs, which they incubate for around twelve, to fourteen days. They are not an easy bird to breed while they are in captivity, but give them planted flights that include nests, and take care with their diet, and all should be fine.
Diet: Paradise Earth Premium Finch Blend.