The plumage of the Uraeginthus ianthinogaster is very rich and beautiful in appearance. This bird is not shy, has a very gentle personality and can get along with people peacefully. It is very suitable as a pet at home. The bird is mainly distributed in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Morphological Characteristics of Uraeginthus ianthinogaster
The average weight of the Uraeginthus ianthinogaster in adulthood is about 14g, the length is about 14 cm, and the tail is relatively long, accounting for half of the length. The shape of this bird is very beautiful, both in character and appearance.
The head, throat, back and wings of the Uraeginthus ianthinogaster are dark maroon, while the face, chest, and abdomen are purple-blue. The male bird even appears to be bright cobalt. The tail is very long (about 6.5 cm long). The beak is pink.
Their male and female can be distinguished from their appearance. The deep maroon region of the female bird is very blurred, and the spots on the face, lower chest and abdomen are bright lavender blue and almost white. The color of the young bird is similar to that of the adult bird, but there are no colored patches and the beak is black. At about ten weeks of age, the young birds will moult partially. The female bird will turn close to white, and the feathers around the eyes of the male bird will turn blue-purple. Until they are five months old, they will completely moult and become the plumage color of an adult bird.
Feeding Points for Uraeginthus ianthinogaster
The newly born Uraeginthus ianthinogaster is jet-black with some white slits, and the plumage becomes more and more attractive as it grows up. The Uraeginthus ianthinogaster have a very good personality and have a mixed diet. It is easier to raise this bird. Following will talk about the main points of the bird’s diet in detail.
Dry mixed seeds containing millet and rapeseed are their daily food, grass ears and germinated seeds are also very suitable foods. They like to eat whiteflies and even snatch them from your hands. During the breeding season, especially when assisting chicks, they need to keep eating. Maggots and termites can also be prepared in advance as food.