Facts about Finches: Get to Know These Vibrant Birds

To give you some ideas on what kind of birds finches are as pet, we come up with a list of the most known finch facts. This could help you if you are considering these birds to add in your household. Learn the basic things about them in terms of behavior, their needs, and the things they are known for.

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Facts about Finches You Should Know

• Finches are the largest among the bird family but they are one of the smallest in terms of size. The smallest specie of a ground finch has a length of 3 to 4 inches in length from head to tail.

• The average lifespan of finches are up to 7 years old. There are finch species that could live up to 20 years but this has almost never been reached.

• They don’t like being handled. Though this bird specie can be very social, they are not thy type of pet birds that like being hand held. They would prefer to just stay in the cage rather than be petted. Most finches get stressed with human interaction and contact.

• Finches can sing. The canary species actually belongs to the finch family. They can create small but beautiful and melodious sounds that are entertaining to hear.

• Finches are typically quiet birds. Unlike some species of parrot who make loud shrills and whistling noises, this birds are typically the quiet type. They are ideal for those who are looking for pet birds but are not fond of their noise. Since finches have small chirping voices they can be kept as pets indoors even if you live in apartment complex or house where neighborhoods are not that far in distance from each other.

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• Since this bird specie is small, they are also lightweight, their average weight is around 0.3 to 1.3 oz.

• Male finch is more colorful than the female finch. The most common color of finch plumage is brown or green with some black, red, or yellow feathers.

• The spread of this specie throughout United States and Canada can be related to the several house finches from Mexico that was brought to New York in 1940 but were freed from their captivity because of not being able to be sold as pet.

• This bird specie is easy to breed and this contributes to its rising population. Researchers roughly estimated that there are over 1 billion house finches in North America.

• In 1870, house finches from San Francisco were introduced to Oahu, Hawaii and because of the tropical climate suited for these birds, they have then become abundant in Hawaii about 20 to 30 years later.

• The red shadings you can see on a male house finch actually come from the pigments in the food they eat during molting. The more pigment that their food contains, the more color of red they could get. This also applies to the color yellow.

• Female finch is more attracted to male finch with the most red or brightest red color.

• Finches are partially migratory birds or also referred to as sedentary.

• This bird specie communicate through songs.

• The oldest house finch lived up to 11 years which is very rare to achieve.

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• Finches become sexually mature at the age of 9 months to 1 year.

• Female finch can lay 2 to 6 eggs in a single clutch. These eggs are incubated for two weeks. The color of their egg is light blue.

• This bird specie can build beautiful basket-shaped nests. They form their nest in bushes, tree branches, and in the rock corrosions.

• The hatchling are very fragile, they are blind, and featherless at birth. They start to learn how to fledge at 2 to 3 weeks of age.

• House finch and some other types of finch are commonly kept as pet and they are also ideal for beginner pet bird owners.

• Finches are territorial and need large cage when housed with other finches; otherwise, battle for territory could happen and can kill other finches in the cage.

• The primary predators of finches are humans, snakes, larger birds and birds of prey, cats, rats, squirrels, and ants. These are also predators of their eggs and chicks. In the wild, they flock in groups because they help each other to spot for predators.

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