|Common Name||Forbes, Tricolor Parrot Finch|
|Latin Name||Erythrura Tricolor|
|Average Lifespan||12 Years|
|Average Length||4 - 5 Inches|
|Average Weight||20 Grams|
|Song Type||Short, High-Pitched|
Noise Level & Vocalization
They thrive on a good seed mix, soft food, greens and occasional fruit. Forbes devour cucumber which sprinkle onto a multivitamin powder. Live food is provided even though it is not necessary for successful breeding. Obesity is a common problem with Forbes Parrot Finches. Obesity will affect breeding performance with the presence of infertile eggs. To determine if your Forbes are suffering from obesity, with bird in hand, blowing on the abdomen will reveal a flesh pink colour being the norm. If upon blowing the vent area a yellow fat patches are revealed your bird is too fat. A method that will help maintain your stock in prime condition is maintaining an austerity diet throughout the non-breeding period. This diet keeps them slim and healthy. Always monitor your softfood intake carefully.
|Age of Maturity||6 Months|
|Average Clutch Size||3 - 6 Eggs|
|Breeding Life||3 Years|
Male: The forehead, face, throat and breast is a deep cobalt blue. This tends to become lighter and suffused with the green on the belly and under tail coverts. The upper parts from the rear crown are a mild-green. Tail coverts and tail are red. The eyes are brown and the beak is black. The legs and feet are light flesh-coloured.
Female: The female is dilute from the male. Juvenile: pale yellow base to lower mandible; dusky face, pale greenish-buff underparts. Males have brighter blue.
The Forbes Parrot finch is one of the smallest members of the Genus Erythrura. This species is fairly simple to keep and breed if certain guidelines are followed. They are offered half-open nest boxes. The cock bird seems to do much of the nest construction while the hen sits inside and arranges the nest which, when is constructed in the nest boxes tends to have a domed shape. The material most frequently used for nest construction is coconut fibre. Typically the nest is completed within 1 to 2 days and egg-laying soon follows.
Stable - Least Concern
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