might come as a surprise to many, but the societies are my favorite
birds in the aviary. I feel like they are frequently dismissed
as just a "beginner's bird" because they are so common,
easy to care for, and not so brightly colored. But they really
are wonderful birds and they do great in a community setting.
They get along well with everyone and bond closely with each
other. A whole family of societies will try to pack all together
into a single nest for the night. I think of my societies as
the little angels of the aviary.
societies are fawn marked white pieds. This is a common mutation
seen frequently in pet shops. I understand that chocolates are
more popular among breeders and enthusiasts, but I am really
taken with the fawn.
cannot be sexed visually, but over time you can usually sex
them from behavior. Males will sing a little song and do a little
dance to court another finch (male or female). The dance consists
of stretching its neck up high and inflating its belly down
low to the ground. I will attempt to catch this behavior on
video for you - once you see it, it is impossible to mistake
it. The female neither sings nor dances, but she will chirp
(single short notes that sound like a cricket). Just because
a society does not sing does not mean that it is a female, however.
Egg laying is the only fool-proof method of identifying a female
started with two societies who were supposed to be the same
sex but then one day I had a nest full of eggs and shortly thereafter,
four little chicks hatched. This is the only clutch I've ever
bred, and although it was not my intention to breed, I am glad
to have witnessed this miracle just once. Societies
have a reputation of being excellent parents (with some exceptions
of course), and mine lived up to that reputation. Of the four
chicks that hatched, I still have two, a male (Junior) and a
female (Li'l Missy).
societies are excellent eaters, trying everything on their plate
with relish. They love to bathe and usually do so all together
like it's one giant pool party.
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