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Female Gouldian Finches "decide" Sex of Chicks

Female Gouldian finches "decide" to have more male chicks if they are less compatible with their mate. They prefer to mate with males who have the same coloured head, as this signifies a better genetic match. Chicks that have been produced from a mismatched mating - particularly the females - are weaker and more likely to die very early.

A report in the journal Science says that the birds compensate for this by having more male chicks in their brood.

Colourful Gouldian finches can judge if a mate is genetically compatible just by looking at its head, and this new study has found that, when the female finches mate with a male that has a different head colour, they select the sex of their offspring - giving their chicks a better chance of survival.  In birds, the sex of an egg is already determined before it is fertilised by the male.

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Recipes | Print |

These are a selection of tasty, and healthy, recipes for your birds to try.

Bean/Grain/Pasta Mix

 

2 cups un-popped popcorn

½ cup red beans

½ cup white beans

½ cup garbanzos

½ cup dried peas

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Toxicity

Chocolate in any form should not be fed to birds. Bittersweet, Baker's and Dark Chocolates are more toxic than Milk Chocolate. But all the same - do not feed it to your birds.

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General Nutrition
Your pet birds diet is one of the most important considerations in its overall care. A first time pet bird owner may be overwhelmed by the vast assortment of seeds, seed treats and other items that are sold on the market as "Bird Food".
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