Finches are small, quaint little birds that come in many different varieties and plenty of colours and marking styles. They can range from very delicate to fairly hardy, rare and expensive to common and inexpensive, and very demanding to just needing the essentials. Finches can be found all over the world, and are common in Australia and Africa.
All finches require basic care like fresh food and water daily. A fresh boiled egg with chopped veggies at least once a week along with cuttle bone make for a treat. Ample lighting (preferably direct via an open window on a warm day), a large enough cage to comfortably accommodate them and a secure, quiet, and peaceful environment to be kept in is required to assure that they do not become stressed.
Finches are not the kinds of birds you can take out and play with. If you want a bird you can handle, consider buying a parrot instead. Finches are best for visual enjoyment, and they also make amazing songs and sounds. Most finch songs are not as lovely as a canaries, but a few species (such as the green singing finch and strawberry finch) have wonderful songs.
Another thing you may consider doing with your finches after you have had them for a while is breeding them. Some finches are easy to breed, others are more difficult and require more than just a nest box, egg food, and nesting material to make babies. Keep in mind that finches can be messy, they like to throw seed husks around and splash a lot in their water baths (and they shed feathers). Finches come in an amazing variety of colours and patterns, and make excellent pets.
If you are about to get a finch, you need to make sure you have the basic requirements, before you even bring them home! Here is a list of the basic requirements for any finches.
- Finch Cage or Aviary
- Water/Food Feeders (usually with cage)
- Shell Grit
- Finch Seed
- Full flight cage or aviary
- Bird Bath
- Calcium grit
- Calcium & Iodine bells or supplements
Suitable For People Aged: 5 & over
Experience Required: None. Care sheet & info
Feeding Care Time Required: 10 minutes a day
Maintenance Time Required: 1/2 Hour a Week
Minimum Space Required: Finch cage or Aviary
Cost of Upkeep: (approx) $4 Per Week
Life Span: (approx) up to 15 years
Availability: All Year