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Finch Bird Information

These tiny seed eating birds are the most popular.

There are a number of reasons why people love these birds. Not only are they quiet, but they are also not destructive to their environment. Since they are so small in size they do not eat much and are not as costly, as larger birds and parrots. Pet Finches make interesting and cheerful companions.

These birds are very undemanding so having them as a pet does not add more burdens to your busy schedule. Unlike a Parrot that will pout if you do not play with it everyday, Pet Finches are happy to play by themselves.

There is a wide variety of Finches that vary in size from 3 inches to 8 inches in length. Their Plumage is colorful depending on the species.

They are mostly quiet birds, however some have a song and most of them are very active. The average lifespan of these birds is 5 to 10 years. There are many types of Finch species found in the pet industry. Both wild and pet finches belong to one of these four families Fringillidae, Estrildidae, Ploceidea, and Passeridea. Some of the Finches that are commonly available are African Silver bill Finch, Blue Capped Cordon bleu Finch, Blue Faced Parrot Finch, Diamonds Sparrow, Orange Weaver and Pintail Whydah.
Seed mixes that are specially designed for Finches are easily available in the market. It will eat about 1 teaspoon of seed a day, it rarely overeats. They may eat a little more when the weather is cold. Sprouted seeds and spray millets are very good for these birds. Milk soaked in whole-wheat bread Fruit Flies, Meal Worms can be given to ensure protein intake. Give the bird fresh drinking water everyday, solvable vitamins and minerals can be added to this water. The Finch needs to be bathed at least once a week and everyday in summer. This can be done by placing a dish filled with water at the bottom of the cage. These birds get Exercise by flying so their cage should be at least 12 to 18 inches. The cage should have softwood purchase. Change the paper at the bottom of the cage every 2 to 3 days and wash and dry the cage once a week. Although Finches do not require a lot of time, always remember fresh food and water and a clean environment is a must to prevent any disease and illness.

  Submitted on March 18, 2010