Behaviour differences between parsons and long tails

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Luís Lourenço
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Hi,

I'm wonder if are any diferences in behaviour between parsons and long tails.
I read that parsons are more agressive but that is all.
Can someone tell me if the behaviour of this 2 species are much different?
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Hum ... No one? :think:
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Parsons would be the most troublesome...Masks the least....and the Longtail somewhere in between...I only ever keep Masks in a mixed Aviary....Parsons and Longtails I would put with Diamond sparrows etc... But I see you cage breed so it probably doesnt matter..if you only keep single pairs to each cage..
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In my experience Parsons are disturbers, rather than aggressors......as are Longtails, but to a slightly lesser degree. My Masks are ten-fold more timid by comparison.

I have just re-organised and housed what I believe to be "aggressive/territorial" species with my Parsons........That is, my Stars (which I rate as territorial) with two pairs of Parsons and a pair of Purple Crowned Lorikeets.........and three pairs of Parsons with a pair of Crimsons.....which I rate as "tough"....and "territorial" and Little Lorikeets......neither of these species will take a backward step when a Parson decides to interfere

After moving things around my Yellow rumps are nesting again :mrgreen: .........they are now with White Eared Masks......My Parsons would parasitise the Yellow Rumps nest.....my Yellow Rumps were good foster parents :shifty: .....raising 4 Parsons :clap:

If I had the space I wouldnt have any other species with Parsons........they do not drive or hurt other birds, they just interfere :crazy: ...........and I have learnt the value of removing young Parsons.....they too interfere and have an impact on production......but thats a general rule we all learn......and break :oops:

I dont have longtails at the present.....they'tre on the list for later.....But I did have them and bred them in mixed collection in the 80's.........showy birds, great mannerisms.....but also interfering, not killers..........but my other birds still bred in the company of Longtails, whereas I rate Parsons as having more impact on other species breeding performance..........IMO................And why have I picked Parsons to specialise in :wtf:
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Thank you mickw and vettepilot_6 :thumbup:

Yes I breed my finches in cages and only put 1 pair for cage, but after the breeding season I put all finches in larger cages for moulting and recovering energies.

And regarding breeding difficulty, they are the same? And the food supplies are the same for the 2 species?
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I found Parson finches easiest to breed...very willing to go to nest...thats not to say the Longtails were hard though..just not as free breeding....Goodluck :thumbup:
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vettepilot_6 wrote:I found Parson finches easiest to breed...very willing to go to nest...thats not to say the Longtails were hard though..just not as free breeding....Goodluck :thumbup:
Thanks :thumbup:
I'm thinking in get a pair of parsons (and a pair of normal masked too) for the next year.
I really like the 3 Poephila species, this year with 3 longtails pairs I have 2 successfully feeding the chicks, which is good for young pairs breeding in cages. :D
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