Caged birds: Bengalino pettodorato

Caged birds: Bengalino pettodorato

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Systematic classification and general information

Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformi
Family: waxbills
Kind: Amandava
Species: A. subflava

Originally from the African continent and specifically from the southern area of ​​the Sahara, this small estrildide has adapted to live in arid areas. Small colonies of this species are present throughout Central Africa, even to the South-East part of the Continent. Colonies frequently move to areas of water, especially in the afternoon, but never travel very long distances. The Bengalino Pettodorato is also known by the common name of "Bengalino Zebra" or "Bengalino Zebrato". Sedentary bird.

Bengalino pettodorato - He loved subflava (photo

Bengalino pettodorato - He loved subflava (photo


Very small bird, about 9-10 cm long, among the smallest birds in the world. Its livery is very elegant because its plumage is rich in shades of warm colors. His rump is greenish, the chin strap is yellow, which then fades into an orange-red chest. The rump is reddish and the tip of the tail is dark green. Above the eyes it has a red band. The legs are flesh-colored and the eye is black. The typical dark bars on the sides are evident. The beak is red. In this species the sexual dimorphism is evident, as the livery of the female is different from that of the male. In females the characteristic zebras are evident that start from the hips and converge up to the chest. Zebras are present along the entire length of the body, from under the eye to almost the legs.


In nature, this small exotic usually uses the abandoned nests of other birds to hatch, therefore it is not very familiar with building or lining the nest. Precisely for this reason it is not really an easy species to breed. If the couple is close-knit and "works", they often hatch well at the bottom of the cage or just above. Being a very small species, one must be very careful during the laying, because sometimes the female cannot pass the egg and this factor can be lethal. The female lays up to five eggs which she hatches for about thirteen days. They love water very much, therefore it is good practice to leave a bath for them all year round. To successfully breed the Bengalino Pettodorato, the pair (s) must be placed in a room where the temperature never drops below 20 degrees.
As a diet, in addition to the mix of exotics, the diet must be composed of vegetables, some apple wedges or other fruits, sprouts, or germinated seeds. They also use live prey to raise chickens.
In ornithological exhibitions it is not very present, in fact it can be admired especially in the context of specialist exhibitions dedicated to exotic birds.

Card created by Federico Vinattieri

Video: The Caged Bird Has Flown and Is Now Sitting in the Great Banyan Tree (August 2022).