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Zebra Finch

Blazing colours... (other names: Diamant mandarin)

Zebra Finch
origin:Australia
life expectancy:6 years
scientific name:Poephila guttata
family:Estrildidae
dimensions:3 to 10 cm
compatibility: very goodsinging ability: not very melodiousloudiness: loud
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History [ edit ]

The Zebra Finch is probably the second most popular domestic bird, right next to the budgerigar. Easy to maintain and breed, the Zebra Finch is advisable to beginners, but the innumerous color mutations are very attractive to experts.

Native from Australia, especially, in the arid part of the continent, the Zebra Finch is the most common Finch in the country. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Finches are friendly birds that prefer the company of others of their kind. These curious little birds don´t appreciate the contact with humans. They are active birds that like to fly around in the aviary. Each finch has it´s own song, characterized by the repetition of small beeps. Females don’t have singing ability. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

The Zebra Finch got its name because of the black and white stripes the cock has on the sides and tail. The hen has paler tones and a less vibrant red on the bill. There are several mutations of color in this breed that range from fawn to chestnut/white and silver. The overall color can also be grey or brownish. There is also a yellow-beaked mutation.

Apart from color, crested varieties of Zebra Finches have occurred and they can be combined with any color. 
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Housing [ edit ]

Zebra Finches can be kept indoors or outdoors, since they can handle a relatively wide range of temperature. However, in the winter and breeding period, they may need additional warmth. The cage should have enough space for the finch to fly and if it is outdoors it should have proper shelter for the birds to hide from the elements, especially rain.
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Diet [ edit ]

These birds aren´t picky when it comes to food: mixed millets with canary seeds and a touch of softfood and greenfood will do the trick. If necessary a supplement of vitamins or minerals can be added to the greens. 
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