Saturday, February 17, 2007

More gouldian finches



You can't see them in this photo, but there are two tiny gouldian finch babies hidden under their parents, Victor & Pearl.


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Once Pearl stepped out for a snack, I was able to sneak a peak at the babies. They're just a few days old in this photo.


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Victor doesn't seem to mind me checking up on his babies multiple times a day. I can reach right in, remove the babies, and put them back without him moving away. One time I accidently picked him up instead of one of the babies and he took it all in stride. The babies are about 12 days old in this photo.


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3 comments:

Lynne said...

What are the dots in and around their mouths? They grow into such pretty birds.

Susan said...

Lynne,
I think the general consensus is that purpose of those cool flourescent blue mouth spots is to help the parents see their mouths in a dark nest. The spots begin to disappear when the babies are 4 or 5 weeks old.

Lynne said...

That is just so cool! Too bad they don't stay, but really your gouldian finches couldn't get any prettier.