General - The normal bird is primarily green with a deep blue mask.
The Blue-faced Parrot Finch lies midway between the very active, inquisitive, friendly, Red-headed Parrot Finch
and the shy, reclusive, relatively inactive Pin-tailed.
It is an engaging character.
In sunlight it appears significantly more colourful.
Its main claim to fame for me is the song of the cock, particularly in an outside flight in summer.
Housing - Blue-faced Parrot Finches ideally should be bred as
single pairs in flights or large cages. A metre cube is my minimum.
Although they will breed in relatively small cages, but obesity can occur and birds lose condtition.
I have tried to colony breeding with absolutely no success. Ten birds were housed in a large
aviary with offshoot compartments with nest boxes.
Breeding was attempted but there was too much aggression and interference. A few eggs were laid but none
Nests were often taken over.
Mutations - Various pied forms are available.
A lutino exists with white mask, yellow body and reddish rump. Unfortunately, it suffers from poor
This has been overcome recently with a black-eyed, yellow mutation, which are robust birds without
any eyesight problems.
The mutation is recessive. A major plus is that any bird carrying a single gene looks normal but has
white patches on and around the beak (as shown in the photo above).
- Blue-faced aren't at all fussy. Most mixes seem to suit them. They're quite willing to try new foods..
They make more use of egg food, even when they are not rearing chicks, than do the Pin-tailed.
Grit eat a lot of the crushed oyster shell with dry vitamins plus minerals mix (available at all times).
They also like water cress.
Other breeders do not seem to have this problem, but I have difficulty distinguishing visually between cocks and hens.
Cocks are generally more robust. However, the main difference is the extent and intensity of the blue face. Excellent pictures showing male versus female here - link
Once a true pair is installed in an adequate cage or flight there is very little to prevent breeding.
Rheumatism -A few seemed to be prone to a rheumatic type of condition, whereby
they slowly lost use or function of the legs.
In-breeding could have been involved. A vitamin or mineral deficiency is the more likely cause.
Such problems seem to arise more readily in birds kept in small cages.
Apart from these initial problems, Blue-faced Parrot Finches are very easy to keep and breed.