Chestnut capped brush finches (Arremon brunneinucha)

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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #970 by Peter Moore
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I purchased a supposed pair of these birds in the South of Holland late last year, i knew nothing about this species and was surprised to learn that they were classified as finches but moved into the Bunting/Cardinal group ! they look nothing like a finch also there feeding habits are softbill they dont even destroy the plants in the aviaries they spend most of there time searching for insects on the ground ! i had seen this species only once before several years ago when i visited a Dutch trader near the German border, after some investigating they turned out to be the same birds.
Well they have been trying to build a nest but have chosen a spot where it will not support a nest ! i tried to make a platform for them but they then stoop building so removed it,
a while ago i found an egg on the floor followed by a second so i put them in the incubator and hey presto they hatched today 3-6-2018 weighing 3.1gr now the difficult job of hand rearing them.
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1 month 1 week ago #972 by Roy Baguley
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Good luck with them Pete,never heard of them before your post.

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1 month 1 week ago #974 by Eric Callaghan
Eric Callaghan replied the topic: Chestnut capped brush finches (Arremon brunneinucha)
Hi Pete

Yes, good luck with the hand-rearing, it will be challenging although nothing that you are not used to.
There is a short note by RobinRestall about this species in The Avicultural Magazine Vol. 90, Number 4 (1984) pp 201-202.
He comments that it is found at ground level in dense underbrush, where it can be heard tossing leaves about in search of food. As a consequence he suggests that it should be kept in a well-planted aviary with heavy litter covering the ground, especially leaves. The one he kept would readily take "all kinds of seeds, a touch of softfood at times and mealworms".
This may be of interest if you don't have access to the issue of the Magazine.
Regards
Eric

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1 month 1 week ago #976 by Peter Moore
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Thank you Roy and Eric,
This pair will only eat seed if no other food is available, totally agree that they spend most of the time on the floor searching for food they keep the floor looking fresh by turning over everything and love demolishing a rotten tree trunk there behavior is more like those of Blackbirds and Laughing thrushes.
i will leave it at that for now as i am keeping records so that i can do an article on them.

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1 month 1 week ago #977 by Peter Moore
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Unfortunately 1 of the chicks was found dead this morning, i believe the cause was feeding too much too soon.

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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #998 by Peter Moore
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Sadly after looking very promising & more than doubled its weight the second chick developed breathing problems and died at 4 days old. very sad. my feeling is that the humidity was set too high !
I have managed to move the pair 2 flights over with a large box plant that has plenty more places to build a nest, hopefully they will like it.
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