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Apollo and his sons Theodore and Cosmos all have broadly the same song, though Theodores is slightly more complex. Comet, despite being Apollo's son as well, learnt his squeeky song from our male Cherry Finches instead (even though they have never been in the same cage once old enough to sing).
The song of our new Crested Bengalese Finches is very complex so they might get quite abit of attention from the female Bengalese Finches once we add them to the current Aviary.
Well it turned out that both of the new Crested Bengalese Finches were male, as they have both been singing, though they seem to take it in turns for who will sing on a particular day. Their songs are similar and more complex than our current Bengalese Finches. The songs are compared below:
So today we went to the National Bird Show in Stafford, where there was a lot of birds, some I have never seen before such as sunbirds. We saw a lot of fancy finches but we did not see any Penguin Zebras, Pure White Bengalese or Fawn Cherries Finches. There was also lots of general goods sale stands, and there were a lot of wooden cages at amazing low prices. We managed to get a wooden cage/display cage, measuring 12” deep x 15” high x 23.5” long for only £15!
We also saw many escaped birds, one of which was an Owl Finch which we tried to catch using our newly bought net but sadly failed. I hope they rescue all escaped birds.
On a more cheerful note, we found and bought two new finches today, two Dilute Fawn Crested Bengalese Finches, oh which one appears to be male because he has been singing away happily all day since we got home.
The other day Florence and Darwin suffered a fright in the night, when their nest fell down suddenly with them asleep in it. The birds are ok, but they are now afraid of their nest, so we have taken it out. The nest fell down because we made the mistake of hanging it up on an adhesive plastic hook attached to the metal cage, and the adhesive failed despite how light the nest and finches are.
The Fawn Cherry Finches are out of quarantine and have been put in with the other Cherry Finches. However, Plum and Orion have been moved to a medical cage, as it seems the younger males had been plucking Plum’s wing feathers. The female Fawn Cherry Finches and young male Cherry Finches are getting on well. Petra is no longer acting dominant and instead acting shy, while Cassi has taken the stand to impress the new ladies.
The Bengalese Finches are doing well in the aviary. Two additional changes were made to the aviary:
1) Removal of the internal divider which used to hide the nests. This has opened the flight space significantly and has stopped Theodore and Peppi from being territorial of their nest;
2) Addition of another artificial fern to hang in the back right corner. This space was currently unused and the Bengalese Finches appear to enjoy sleeping on top of these at night.