A pair of Fawn Hecks Grassfinches

Australian Grass Finch
Hardy & suitable for Novice Bird-Keeper
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   2 Cock Hecks with Bicheno (Owl Finch)

Hecks Grassfinch

  • The Hecks Grassfinch originates from Australia and measures  5-6 inches in size.             

  • They are a hardy bird and would suit beginners to the bird-keeping hobby.

  • They are peaceful but very inquisitive birds.

  • they have distinctive red beaks and black bibs

  • average lifespan 5-7 years.


  • Feed them a foreign finch seed mix and occasionally spray millet.                                  

    • They are not particularly fussy eaters.

  • They relish broccoli, cress, apple and small amounts of lettuce.

  • Always supply cuttlefish bone, mineralised grit or oystershell grit, especially in breeding season.

Courtship display

  • Hecks ‘ head bob ‘ to greet mates and flock members, which is quite comical to watch.

  • During courtship display the cock bird bobs his head while one or both feet leave the perch then starts
    to sing while standing in an erect position facing the hen.


  • They can be kept in cages or indoor flights

    •  The longer the better.

  • Thrive better in aviary with indoor flight.


  •  Hecks can easily be housed within a mixed species environment

    •  eg. Bengalese, Zebra finches, Bicheno’s (Owl Finch), Cherry finches, Star finches, Canaries etc.

    •  I would not recommend breeding within a mixed group though because Hecks being very inquisitive
      will disrupt the other species in their nests.


  • Sometimes sexing can be difficult visually.

  • Generally the cock birds’ bib is larger and the black bar across the flanks is broader.

  • To be 100% sure it is best to go by the cocks’ song.                                   2 Cock Hecks (Red Beaks) + 2 Bengalese

 The different Mutations:


                                                                                           A Nest of young Fawn Hecks + unusual 5(Red-eyed)  Albino Feeding in preparation for Breeding

  • I feed breeding pair Egg Food / mealworms prior to breeding.
    • as this ups the Protein Levels needed prior to bringing the birds into Breeding condition.
    • I often mix my eggfood with cous cous.
  • feed eggfood  and soaked seed for young.


  • When breeding Hecks provide a finch nest box or domed nest basket         

    •  or both

    •  each pair seem to have their own preference

  • Have also experienced a pair using a canary nest basket lined with a nest felt .

  • The cock bird used coconut fibre and weaved an elaborate domed top leaving a small entrance hole.

  • I tend to breed Hecks from April to September ( other people may differ )

  • They can breed from 10 months

    • but if hens are not totally mature they are liable to have difficulties and become egg-bound.


  • They do not start to incubate the eggs until the clutch is complete.

  • Normally 4 – 6 eggs in a clutch.

  • Incubation 12 - 14 days.

    • Parents take turns incubating or both occupy the nest together.

    • Both parents feed the young.

  • At 9 – 10 days of age the parents no longer brood the chicks during the day.


  • The young normally fledge after 21 days.

  • Providing they are feeding themselves efficiently they may be removed from parents at 5 – 6 weeks of age.


  • Approx. age to Close Ring - 10days

  • Split rings best put on just before the chicks leave the nest when they are fully feathered

    • Sometimes if you interfere and handle younger chicks, the parents can try and get the ring
      off the chick and sometimes end up killing it.

  •  closed and split aluminium  Size

  •  plastic split size  XF

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