The two species can cross with no adverse effect. An adult African Silverbill has a body length of 4 inches.

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Its body weight is between 10 grams and 14 grams. May 11, 2014 - This Pin was discovered by Aline Cormier.

Moves in small flocks which may include the African Silverbill. There are two species of Silverbill, Indian (Lonchura malabarica) and African (Lonchura cantans). Birds roost together in old nests at night or may construct an unlined roosting nest. Their diet is composed mostly of grass seeds.

The African or Warbling Silverbill (Lonchura cantans) is the easiest of the African mannikins to breed. African Silverbill - Lonchura cantans Alternative names: Warbling Silverbill, Black-rumped Silverbill Length: 10-11 cm (4-4.5 inches). Description: Pale sandy brown with darker speckling to the head and barring to the body.

One of the easier members of the Lonchura family to encourage to breed.


Dark grey bird with black vent and rump; the space between the beak and teardrop is also black. The African Silverbill comes in several mutations (mostly available outside of the US), including: Chocolate (darker solid brown version of the bird), Fawn (light brown version), Red-brown or Cinnamon (a richer, brighter reddish brown version), and Ino (white). The African species is considered the most common and is believed to be the only species still in Australian aviaries.

There are now color mutations with Chocolate and Cinnamon being the most common. These "mutations" may be the result of hybridization with Society finches and then back crossed to the Silverbills. The sexes are identical but sexing is fairly straight forward as young males start their warbling song almost as soon as they fledge.

Eumo: (Autosomal recessive).

Very little needs to be done for them other than provide a quiet breeding area with some half-open nestboxes. They are easily told apart due to one being mainly a soft brown while the other is a darker brown with cream breast.

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It has a grey-brown body with black wings and tail, measuring around 11.5 cm in length.

European mutation that is identical in appearance to the double-factor Florida Fancy, but which has a different mode of inheritance (recessive) and therefore is only seen in the "double-factor" bird. by TheFinchMan101 » 26 Apr 2011, 08:49. They also love to eat those aphids that are pests to plants. The African Silverbill comes in several mutations (mostly available outside of the US), including: Chocolate (darker solid brown version of the bird) Dark-bellied (undersides are deep chocolate brown) - autosomal recessive; Fawn (light brown version) He then drops the straw, twists his head and tail toward the hen, and then sings to her while bobbing.

Also known as the pearl headed silverbill or mannikin, this is the ‘other’ silverbill species to the commonly seen Indian and African silverbills. There can be problems with maintaining too many different species, however. 1; 2; 15 Replies 5789 Views Last post by Blue Cuban 23 Feb 2017, 23:09; Pied Tri Colour Parrotfinches. Underparts paler, starting as pale buffish brown on chest and fading to off-white on the belly and under-tail coverts. Silverbills are around 115mm in length and weigh 14 grams, as a comparison a Bengalese finch is 120mm and weigh 15 grams, the overall colouration of the male and female are identical, making sexing a little bit more difficult. 6 Replies 1578 Views Last post by AMCA26 17 Dec … Pintail Whydah mutations. There are many choices of finches to keep. There are very few people that will keep only one species of finch and even those people that do, usually pick a species that has different color mutations.

by Wally Waxbill » 22 Sep 2015, 20:39. Wing primaries, rump and tail feathers are black. In this English edition the new ‘Mokka’ mutation in the African Silverbill and several new photos have been added. Species and Mutations.