Gray Singing Finch or Gray Singer
(Serinus leucopygius)

The hardy 4″ Gray Singing Finch (Serinus leucopygius) from Western Africa is an outstanding songster that is a great favorite with Aviculturists.

Male: the upper parts are gray-brown. The throat, breast and under sides are gray, lightly flecked with darker gray. wings are dark gray to black, edged with light-gray. The rump is white and the tail is blackish, with some feathers edged with gray. The beak is horn colored and the legs and feet are a flesh color. The eyes are dark brown to black.

Female: very similar to the male, the best method of sexing is to watch for males singing.

Gray Singers and Green 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.

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