Black-faced Firefinches for sale (Lagonosticta larvata) are a common species of estrildid finch found in Africa. Fire finches come from mostly arid regions, so damp conditions should be avoided. Sand is the preferred ground cover for aviaries. They prefer bright and sunny conditions but should always have access to water and shade. All species of fire finch spend a lot of time on or near the ground and like stones or very low perches that keep them off the cage bottom. Fire finches are not aggressive birds and can be mixed safely with other species but breeding results are usually better when they are housed in small groups or as single pairs. Various species of fire finch can be housed together without aggression, but hybridizing can happen so just one species per enclosure is ideal.
Song/Call: Click to hear the Black-faced Firefinch
Size/Weight: 4″ / 8 – 12.4 g
Lifespan: 5 to 6 years
Sexing: Gender is able to be determined visually.
Temperament: Black-faced Firefinches are shy and live mostly as pairs. Sometimes they keep company with Red-billed Firefinches. They are good in a mixed colony. Black-faced Firefinches are very popular, active, attractive and hardy bird.
Breeding: Not for the beginner breeder but will breed in a colony, mixed collection or as a single pair in a cage.
Diet: Classic Finch Seed, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, Niger, Spray Millet
If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.