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Finch: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

By Angie Hendrickson

Gouldian finches are popular pets. 
Gouldian finches, or Lady Gouldian finches, are passerines native to Australia.

True finches are small passerine birds (also referred to as perching birds or songbirds) found almost exclusively in the Northern Hemisphere. Although many other birds are often referred to as finches, including those commonly kept as pets, only birds in the family Fringillidae are considered true finches.

True finches are small songbirds that range in size from 3.5 inches to 9 inches in length. They can differ in color, shape and beak size, and their diet can vary from all seed to insects and nectar. Most true finches are avid singers and chatterers. In addition to house finches, purple finches and goldfinches, other true finches include canaries, grosbeaks and siskins.

Most finches commonly kept as pets are members of the Estrildid family. This includes zebra finchessociety finches and Gouldian finches. They’re Old World birds, meaning they’re native to Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe. Most prefer warm climates, and all are seed-eaters. Their sociable nature makes them ideal pets because they’re happy just as long as they have food and good company.

Fun Fact: Finches are not just good singers. They’re also good learners, and many can be taught to whistle songs in addition to the ones they sing in the wild.


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canaries are also in the finch family...our canary is a sweetie
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 9/26/2011 5:58:59 AM
cathy, queens, NY
Posted: 9/25/2011 9:03:16 PM
nice little article
alex, westchester, NY
Posted: 9/25/2011 8:58:43 PM
james, brooklyn, NY
Posted: 9/22/2011 8:21:51 PM
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