Finches are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, South America, and the Hawaiian islands. They can be found in mountains and deserts. The Hawaiian honeycreepers will actually eat nectar the wild.
Finches range in size from a little under 4 inches and 8-1/2 grams (0.3 ounces) – Andean Siskin – from Columbia to the Collared Grosbeak which is nearly 9 inches long and 80 g (3.0 ounces). Finches live for 4 – 7 years so it’s best to get them when they are young.
Larger species can become aggressive towards smaller ones, because of that we recommend a larger cage. We also don’t recommend combining Finches with any other species that tend to be aggressive. it’s important to watch for signs of aggression or fighting.
The beautiful thing about Finches is they are easy to care for and quiet so you can have them in an apartment. They’re fine with children and other pets. They socialize on their own. Because Finches prefer to be left alone and are actually stressed when they become handled so they’re ideal for people who want birds don’t have a lot of time to spend with them.
They are primarily seed-eaters. In the wild, they also eat sprouts and insects which make up for what seeds don’t offer nutritionally. Unless given a balanced diet by their owner’s finches left to their own devices would eat nothing but seed. Fresh foods should always be introduced as well.
Finches like lots of room so a larger cage like this aviary from HQ or this roomy cage from Prevue. It’s important to put sprigs of branches or other materials in a cage to allow finches to retreat for some privacy now and then. They don’t care for fancy bird toys as parrots do. The best kind of perches are hardwood perches as dowel perches can cause foot problems.
How many species & mutations of finches are there? Here’s little more than four dozen that we were able to come up with.
Black & White Mannikin Finch – Black Breasted Finch – Black Cheek Finch – Black Face Finch – Black Headed Munia Finch – Black Throated Munia Finch – Chestnut Breasted Mannikin Finch – Chinese Grossbeak Finch – Crested Finch – Cutthroat Finch – Diamond Firetail Finch – Dominant Silver Finch – Eumo Finch – Fawn/Gray Cheek Finch – Fawns Lightback Finch – Five-colored Munia Finch – Flanked White Finch – Florida Fancy Finch – Gouldian Finch -Grand Mannikin Finch – Gray Chestnut Finch – Gray Crown Mannikin Finch – Java Finch – Madagascar Mannikin Magpie Finch – Mannikin Australian Finch – Masked Grassfinch – Moluccan Mannikin Finch – Orange Breasted Finch – Other Finches Finch – Owl Finch – Painted Firetail Finch – Pallid Nun Finch – Pearl-Headed Mannikin Finch – Penguin Finch – Pied Finch – Plum Headed Finch – Recessive Silver Finch – Red Headed Finch – Rufous-Backed Mannikin Finch – Shaftail Finch (Longtail) Finch – Silverbill Finch – Society (Bengalese) Finch – Society Finch – Spice Finch – Star Finch – Timor Finch – Tricolor Munia Finch – White Finch – White Headed Munia Finch – White Rumped Mannikin Finch – White-Spotted Mannikin Finch – Yellow Beak Finch – Zebra Finch
Trained Zebra Finches