Green Singing Finch
Green Singing Finch or Green Singer
The hardy 4 to 4½” Green Singer (Serinus mozambicus) is a pretty songster that is a great favorite with Aviculturists.
Males: The crown is grayish, merging with the greenish gray of the neck and back. The chin, throat and under sides are yellow, the wings and tail are black, with some feathers edged with yellow. The face has a black eye stripe and bright yellow markings above and below the eye. The beak, legs and feet are a horn color.
Females: Similar to the male but can usually be distinguished by the ring of indistinct black spots encircling the throat.
Green Singers and Gray Singers should not be housed together because they will cross-breed with each other.
One of the first signs that these birds are in breeding condition is when the male begin feeding the hen, and when the birds start carrying nesting material.
The normal clutch is from two to four lightly spotted eggs which are incubated for 13 to 14 days. Only the female feeds the babies while they are in the nest, and the young fledge after about 20 days.
In addition to a standard seed mix, this species should receive soaked seed, egg food and an increased supply of green food while nestlings are being fed.