zebra finches are the trickiest of my birds to handle. They
sure are fun to watch, but when there's a problem, one of these
guys is usually at the heart of it. Intriguing, mischievous
little trouble makers, they are.
zebras are the most curious birds of the lot. They will explore
every nook and cranny of the aviary, and find ways to cram into
the tiniest spaces, just to have a look around. They are at
the top of the pecking order and think that they run the place.
They are very territorial and can sometimes cause trouble at
night if another bird passes by their nesting area en route
to its own sleeping spot.
Evel and Bucky used to be best buddies, eating, sleeping, and
exploring together, their semi-aggressive natures drove them
apart. One day without warning, fighting broke out between them.
For a while they caused terrible chaos in the aviary, neither
bird wanting to back down to the other. Now they just keep their
distance. They never made up, but they no longer bicker.
has chosen to hang out with the societies. Evel eventually paired
up with Jade, the remaining masked grassfinch, after her female
companion passed away. Because I don't permit breeding in the
aviary, this interspecies relationship is okay by me.
general, zebras are easy to sex because for almost all mutations,
the males have cheek patches (orange or sometimes black) and
the females do not. For mutations in which males do not have
cheek patches, beak color may be an indication of gender, as
the males' beaks tend to be redder and the females' more orange.
the societies, the zebras are excellent eaters and also love
the bath. See
the Image Gallery
for more photographs.
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