Note: If you have a desired mutation, be sure to mention it in the comments section of your order. We will do our absolute best to accommodate your request. If you are flexible on head colors, be sure to mention this in the comments section as well. Colors may vary for each bird.
Description: The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae), also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gould’s finch or the rainbow finch, is a colourful passerine bird endemic to Australia. The Gouldian finch was described by British ornithological artist John Gould in 1844 and named after his wife Elizabeth. It is also known in America as the rainbow finch, Gould’s finch, or the Lady Gouldian finch (although Mrs. Gould did not hold the title lady). In Australia, it is predominantly called the Gouldian finch. It is a member of the weaver-finch family Estrildidae, which is sometimes considered a subfamily of Passeridae. Both sexes are brightly coloured with black, green, yellow, and red markings. The females tend to be less brightly coloured. Gouldian finches for sale are small, but they make great aviary birds and appreciate a large, planted garden setting. Green-back Gouldians are known as “normals”.
Geography: Northern Australia
Song/Call: Click to hear the Lady Gouldian
Size/Weight: 5.5″ / 16 – 17 g
Lifespan: Up to 10 years
Sexing: Yellow-backed Gouldians are not always easily sexed visually. If you are breeding Gouldians and absolutely need to have specific genders on the Yellow-backed and / or Blue-backed Gouldians, please be sure to have them DNA tested for an additional fee. We are unable to guarantee gender on these particular gouldians.
Temperament: Lady Gouldians are pleasant “watching only” birds as they don’t like to be held, and can even panic and die when handled. Stress is deadly for these fragile birds. They are not recommended for beginner avian enthusiasts.
Breeding: Lady Gouldian finches generally make their nests in tree-holes, generally within a kilometer or so of water. They usually breed in the early part of the dry season, when there is plenty of food around. The male courtship dance is a fascinating spectacle. When a male is courting a female, he bobs about ruffling his feathers to show off his colors. He expands his chest and fluffs out his forehead feathers. After mating, a female lays a clutch of about 4–8 eggs. Both parents help brood the eggs during the daytime, and the female stays on the eggs at night. When the eggs hatch, both parents help care for the young. Gouldian finches leave the nest at between 19 and 23 days and are independent at 40 days old. Goulds should be at least a year old before they are bred. They prefer to nest in a small, covered space, like a wooden nest box or covered basket. The box is preferred because the finch can’t accidentally catch a toe in the woven straw, and the box is also easier to access. Gouldians don’t build great nests, so put some material in the nest to get the parents started.
Diet: Gouldian Finch Seed, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, Mineral Grit, Cuttlefish Bone, Dried Egg Food, Herb Salad, Millet Sprays. Liquid iodine is also very important for the lady gouldian diet.
If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.
We do our best to provide the color combination you request, however, Mother Nature is in charge here and we may not always have your exact combination. Flexibility, if at all possible, is greatly appreciated. Thank you!