We at DogFeathers love tropical birds as well as dogs and cats. In breeding Lady Gouldian finches, our primary goal is to produce the best bird possible - birds that are healthy, happy, and beautiful with strong immune systems. We believe in ethical and humane treatment in breeding and raising Lady Gouldians. Therefore, the birds available for purchase from us are stronger, healthier, happier and disease-free.
All of our Lady Gouldian Finches are parent-raised. In caring for our Lady Gouldians, they are given premium finch food, fresh water every day, supplements and vitamins. The cages are cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis. Giving Lady Gouldians the right conditions is paramount to producing healthy birds.
Come visit our aviary, where you will see strong, healthy and vibrant birds. We’ll be happy to answer any questions regarding breeding, care and maintenance of these beautiful birds.
A Little Background Story of Lady Gouldian Finches
Lady Gouldian Finch, also known as Gouldian Finch, Gould’s Finch or Rainbow Finch originates from Australia. The name ‘Gouldian Finch’ was described by British ornithological artist, John Gould, in 1844 and named after his wife Elizabeth, although Mrs. Gould did not hold the title Lady. Gouldian Finches were exported worldwide prior to a 1959 Australian government ban. Captive breeding has resulted in a number of color mutations, and include blue-back, pastel, silver, yellow-black, white-breasted and pure white.
Both sexes are brightly colored with black, green, yellow, red and other colors. The females tend to be less brightly colored than males. The one major difference between the females and males is the male’s chest is purple, and the female’s is a lighter mauve color.
Mature Lady Gouldian Finches are approximately 5 – 6 inches long with red, black or yellow heads. They were thought to be three different types of finches, but the three variant colors are known to be color variants that exist in the wild. Selective breeding has also developed mutations [blue, yellow and silver instead of green back] in body color and breast color.
Newly hatched Lady Gouldian finches are pink and naked until about 12 days old. Then, the beginnings of feathers start to appear. Baby birds also have blue, phosphorescent beads on the sides of their beaks to help their parents see them in the dark.
Juvenile Lady Gouldian Finches have very distinctive colors. Their heads, sides and necks are grey, and their backs, wings and tail feathers are olive green. Beaks are blackish with a reddish tip, and their undersides are pale brown.
Like all other finches, the Lady Gouldian Finch is a seed eater, feeding mostly on ripe or half-ripe grass seeds of 6 different varieties.
When a male is courting a female, he bobs about ruffling his feathers to show off his colors. He expands his chest and fluffs out his forehead feathers. After mating, the female lays a ‘clutch’ of approximately 4-8 eggs, and both parents help incubate the eggs. At nighttime, the female stays on the eggs. When the eggs hatch, both parents help care for the young. Lady Gouldains leave the nest when they are between 19 – 23 days old, and are considered independent at 40 days old.
Baby Gouldians are very fragile until their final moult.