Do Gouldians do well by themselves, without a mate?

by Shauna Lee Hansen
(Salem, Oregon)

My female died and we have only the male left. She died three months ago, and he seems happy and sings all the time. How important is it to have a pair? Is it better to get another male or female, if we find out we need to have two instead of one?

Hi Shauna,

If your male is happy and thriving, that is all that matters. Gouldians normally exist most happily in small flocks or as pairs. Most seem to really like the company of another finch. It does not matter whether they are the same sex or not. I have kept males with other males and find they get along just fine. They even practice singing to each other and have a great time.

Thanks for visiting my site, Jeanie

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