Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday Evening Creature Feature, African Silverbill

The African Silverbill is another introduced species to the island of Hawaii. As with the other finches it was introduced in the ‘70s through the pet trade.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

They do make a delightful addition to an aviary, however I do prefer to see them behaving naturally. They prefer the arid parts of the island.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

The African Silverbil is also known as the warbling finch. It has a very melodious song and pleasant song that matches is wonderful disposition.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

I did find them to be a bit timid, although this one was okay with me taking his photo as he munched on a grass seed head.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

I hope to see this wonderful species in his native land some day.


Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Beautiful bird, love the blueish bill :)

betty said...

Wonderful photos. I love the African Silverbil out on the limb.
Timbuctu and African Silverbil would be a glorious journey for you, Steve.

Roy said...

He looks a cross between a Finch and a Parrot Steve.

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