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Red Cheeked Cordonbleu
updated: Apr 04, 2014, 10:17 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

A question for bird people. We just had a Red Cheeked Cordonbleu eating in our yard. Sorry, no photo today. Does this bird live locally or is it an escaped pet? Beautiful color.

Updated with photo:
He came back this morning and I now have a photo of the Red Cheeked Cordon-bleu. He is a bold little fellow. It doesn't bother him when the chickens are nearby, within a foot.

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 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-03 08:48 PM

Is this a trick question?

 

 COMMENT 508463P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-03 09:14 PM

It's a small finch from Africa, must have escaped someone's aviary.

 

 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-03 09:19 PM

From Wiki:

The Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu is common and widespread across much of central and eastern Africa. Its range stretches from the West African countries of Senegal, Gambia and southwestern Mauritania east through southern Mali, southern Niger, southern Chad and southern Sudan to Ethiopia and northwestern and southwestern Somalia, and then south to southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, eastern Angola, northern and western Zambia, southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique. It has also been introduced to the Hawaiian Islands of Hawaii and Oahu.[10] It has been found one time (in 1924) on Cape Verde and was recorded in the Maadi area in northern Egypt during the mid-1960s; the latter birds may have been escaped cage birds, as there have been no records since.[11]

It is found in all habitats except forest interiors,[5] at elevations ranging from sea level to 2,430 m (7,970 ft).[12]

 

 COMMENT 508467 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-03 09:35 PM

There's been a few stories on Edhat with photos of similar escaped finches like that, but definitely not a native bird.

 

 COMMENT 508469 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-03 09:42 PM

I know this isn't your bird, but here's the link to another edhat story with photos of an exotic finch in SB.

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=118414&showcomments=T

 

 COMMENT 508486P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 07:39 AM

I hear they're mighty good eatin' for the pennies they cost.

 

 MESAJIM agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 08:18 AM

I'm quite sure some domestic feline serial killer already has a napkin tied around its neck in anticipation...has the betting pool been activated yet?

 

 COMMENT 508534P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 10:40 AM

What a gorgeous bird! I'm so glad it returned and you took and shared the photo with us.

 

 COMMENT 508540 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 10:55 AM

Climate change may be responsible as bird migratory patterns are changing. Somethings accidentally come by boat also, look at the rabbits in Australia etc...you might want to go to " Ebird" website on the internet and report the finding.

 

 COMMENT 508546 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 11:01 AM

It's beautiful!

 

 COMMENT 508572 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 12:00 PM

Nice!

 

 COMMENT 508579 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 12:47 PM

So beautiful!!!

 

 COMMENT 508580P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 12:48 PM

A hotel in Costa Rica was trying to do French cuisine; they served Chicken "Gordon Blue!"

 

 COMMENT 508582 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 12:49 PM

Cheeky little fellow... looks very easter-y.

 

 COMMENT 508597 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 02:21 PM

Definitely escaped from someone's aviary...sad to lose one of your pets like that. The color makes it easy for the cats to get. They aren't cheap either. If you put it on Craig's List, they might be able to trap it, I've had some success with trapping when a bird has gotten out of the aviary. It won't live long in the wild.

 

 COMMENT 508602 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 02:37 PM

What a beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing. If it is an escapee that won't survive in the wild, perhaps the wildlife rescue team would help catch it.

 

 COMMENT 508621P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 03:15 PM

It's worth calling SB county animal shelter to see if they have a lost report matching its description 681-5285

I too did a double-take at the bird's name. It's gorgeous! Thanks for the pic. Hope he gets taken in/lives.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 03:44 PM

He's a cute little guy. (There's a picture of one all roasted up in the food section of the News-Press today). Just kidding, all you bird lovers out there.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 03:50 PM

That's really funny, 580P. Looking at the picture I see now where he got his name.

 

 WILLOW agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 05:16 PM

If it is a pet and not used to fending in the wild, maybe call Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (805-681-1080) and they can help get him to safety...

 

 COMMENT 508680P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 07:33 PM

Yes, do call the SBWCN. They will have someone there who can capture it and take care of it until its owner is found. (And I can guarantee they won't find comments about killing and eating it amusing.)

 

 COMMENT 508682P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-04 07:40 PM

Wikipedia says it is a granivore, feeding principally on grass seeds, but also on millet and other small seeds. And like all birds, it will need water. Hopefully, you can put those high up, away from cats (and rats) and away from crows, too.

 

 COMMENT 508712 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-05 08:21 AM

Too cute! Thank you for the picture.

 

 COMMENT 508751 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-05 10:50 AM

OP here. We enjoyed watching the Red Cheeked Cordon-bleu for two days. It hasn't returned today. We have chickens that are closed in at night but have free run of the orchard during daytime. The little bird shows no fear of the chickens. If a crow flies overhead it quickly disappears in the dense foliage of a tall pomegranate bush. It likes to feed close to the side of the chicken coop as though the wire fence provided a sense of security, perhaps like an aviary. It is well equipped for digging, the central toe is at least twice as long as the other toes, and it has a big hook on the end. It seems to like nyger seed.

 

 COMMENT 508869P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-05 07:42 PM

Thanks for the update, OP. Have or did you put an ad on Craigslist, report to Wildlife Care Network or to lost and found at the animal shelter/pound?
Thanks for trying to look out for the bird. Did you see it today?

 

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