Birds of Amadina

These pets, which give the impression of affectionate and gentle birds, do not like to be in human hands. They prefer to live next to their relatives more, so they feel great in a couple. They behave perfectly in any cage, but they do not like to be in the company of their owner or family members. Therefore, such birds are more suitable for busy people who prefer to watch pets from afar.

Historical data

The homeland of zebra amadines is Australia. On the territory of this country, Amadins prefer to live in arid regions, while they constantly migrate in search of food. These unique birds inhabit almost the entire territory of the Australian continent. The settlement of these birds was facilitated by the development of agriculture and the gentrification of gardens, pastures and fields located in areas with difficult terrain, where forests previously grew. In places where there is not enough drinking, birds settle next to human habitation. They are not afraid of noises and screams, so they have their nests directly on the streets or inside any outbuildings.

An important moment! Wild relatives are able to live without water for a week, so their endurance can only be surprised.

Even being in a cage, where there is always enough clean water, they do not drink it in unlimited quantities. During prolonged droughts, finch weavers always survive, while they can drink highly salted water without harm to their health. Many species of birds, having consumed salt water to remove thirst, simply die.

Description of zebra amadines

Amadins represent decorative birds with rather variegated plumage of various colors and shades. The length of adult individuals is slightly more than 10 centimeters. The area of the back, neck and head are painted in ash gray shades, but the area of the cheeks and ears are decorated with bright orange spots. The abdomen and chest area are white, with a transition to barely noticeable yellow shades. The goiter has a gray tint, and thin black stripes are located on its sides. Males can be distinguished from females by the presence of a black spot on their chest. Females have black stripes in the front of the head. The color of the beak, regardless of gender, is bright red.

An interesting moment! Scientists in Australia managed to breed the Amadine breed completely white, without any specks or other inclusions. This variety bears a resemblance to the zebra amadina, but the eye color of the birds is dark, like that of wild relatives.

Care and maintenance

These birds are characterized by a mobile, restless nature of behavior, so you will need a fairly spacious cage to keep them. The minimum dimensions of the cage are 50 cm in length and the same in width. In such a cage, a pair of amadins with their chicks will feel very comfortable.

Special attention should be paid to the shape of the cage. Square-shaped cells are more suitable for amadines, but not round in any way. The fact is that, being in a round cage, the birds experience discomfort and begin to rush around it in a state of stress. Even the upper part of the cage and that should be flat, while the length of the cage should be larger than the width. It is desirable that the cage is also high, then comfortable conditions for these birds will be provided.

There should be several drinkers in the cage, but there may be one feeder. On the sides of the cage, perches made of soft tree species, such as birch or linden, should be fixed, because, as mentioned earlier, the birds are very mobile and will jump on these additional elements with pleasure. Amadins just love to take water treatments, so there should be bathing baths in the cage. They can be purchased at a pet store, and it is better to place them on the cage doors. Such baths do not allow water to be sprayed all over the cage, so the food will not get wet. It is very important to keep their home clean, in order to avoid the appearance of any ailments.

Amadins prefer to lead a gregarious lifestyle, so when they are alone they get bored, which often leads to their death. Zebra amadins can show their fighting character if they don't like something. Their discontent is accompanied by noisy behavior, with prolonged and vocal quacking. There are quite jealous individuals who are not able to get along in one cage. This is what concerns their relatives, and in relation to other bird species they behave quite aggressively and can simply peck them. It is not recommended to keep amadins and parrots in the same cage, because this will not end well. When the amadins begin to seriously annoy the parrots, they begin to bite their paws. In a fit of anger, parrots can just bite them.

Reproduction of amadine

As far as we know, living in a natural environment, females choose the best and strongest males for mating. As for the amadines, such natural selection does not attract them. Female amadines choose for themselves interesting, loving partners who are interested in the world around them. As a result of research by scientists, forced mating of these birds, although it brings offspring, but after the birth of chicks, their parents are not interested in them, which leads to the death of the offspring.

After reaching 6 months of life, amadins can already mate if the female and male are interested in each other. Moreover, in 1 year the female is able to lay eggs 3 times. In fact, more than 3 times, but experts do not recommend doing this, because the female may not be able to stand it. It is necessary to make sure that the female has a six-month break.

Interesting to know! The difference between zebras and Japanese amadines is that zebras are ready to breed in six months, and Japanese – only by 9 months.

During the period when the female and male hatch eggs, they do not need a lot of food, and when the chicks begin to be born, the parents should receive full nutrition. During this period, parents will not be prevented by sprouted grain. In addition, after the offspring are born, the cage must be placed in a well-lit place, but at the same time direct sunlight should not fall on the cage. It is also desirable that the birds feel comfortable, without excessive noise.

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