Japanese Amadins: description, photo, care and maintenance, breeding
Japanese Amadina (Lonchura domestica)
Japanese Amadins arrived in Europe in 1700 from China and Japan. Prior to this, for several centuries they were kept as decorative birds.
European natural scientists were not able to find such birds in nature, so they came to the conclusion that Japanese Amadins are an artificially bred species.
Keeping Japanese Amadins at home
Care and maintenance of Japanese Amadin
Japanese Amadinas are easy to keep at home, so they can be suitable pets even for novice lovers.
A pair of birds will feel quite comfortable in a cage, the size of which is 50x35x35 cm. You can put them in an aviary, and in this case they get along well with other birds - both of their kind and others.
Feeding Japanese Amadinas
Japanese amadins are fed a grain mixture, which includes millet (white, yellow, red) and a canary. In addition, they give germinated grain, vegetables and greens.
Mineral top dressing should always be in the cage.
Breeding Japanese Amadins
Males and females of Japanese Amadins do not differ in color. The only distinguishing feature of males is singing, different from the “call signs” of the female. When a male performs an aria, he sits upright on the perch, fluffing the feathers on his abdomen, and from time to time jumps.
Japanese Amadins are able to feed not only their own chicks, but also representatives of close species: bronze-winged, two-colored, silver-billed, zebra, pointed-toed, short-tailed, masked, red-necked, parrot, red-headed, diamond-headed, red-headed and Amadin Gould.
Japanese Amadina on the nest
Japanese amadins breed best in spring and summer, when daylight hours are up to 15 hours.
Japanese nadinas nest in plywood houses, the size of which is 12x12x15 cm. Put some hay inside the house, and also put a little hay on the cage floor so that the birds can build a nest if they wish.
After 14 - 15 days of dense incubation, chicks hatch.
Japanese Amadina Chicks
If everything goes well, after 23 to 27 days, the chicks leave the nest, but the parents feed them another 10 to 15 days.
Information and photos provided by Marina Chukhmanova, Amadin breeder