Types of Finches and Their Care Needs
The various types of finches all have their characteristics, habits, food and mates. The true finches are tiny to medium-sized pass field birds from the family Friday. Finches have long thin conical wings, alternating black and white stripes, and generally green with yellow underparts. They inhabit a wide range of tropical and subtropical habitats, from southwest Africa’s swamps and lowland rainforests to arid lands of central Australia.
Although they look alike, finches differ significantly in shape, size and behaviour. Some are very tiny and beautiful, while others are quite large with dense plumage and sluggish habits. The more splendid blues and whistles are considered to be the finest examples of the finch type. They are generally slow flying and have powerful beaks.
Chickadees or Zebra Finches are usually small to medium-sized and are predominantly nocturnal except for feeding on day two of the breeding season. They have large and colourful plumage, with bright red and yellow markings on the back and white underparts. Chickadees are good climbers, and parents feed on the underside of eggs. In captivity, they have a stocky build and are easy to care for. They don’t tend to lay eggs in large clusters.
Finches are generally fed on seeds or other foods that are readily available at your local pet store. However, please don’t give them dried pellets or suet pellets as these can cause indigestion. You can also give them fresh fruits like cherries, apples and strawberries. Make sure you thoroughly wash all feed from your finches before feeding them again. A well-fed finch will have plenty to eat without overeating.
Finchlets, or Zebra Finches, are very playful and need to be fed frequently. Finchlets have wide mouths that require lots of feeding. Their slender bills, called ruffly feathers, do not have any feathers except at the tip. Because male finches often leave their tail unbraced when fighting, it is necessary to keep the ruffled area clean after each feeding to discourage feather plucking.
Macaws are another popular variety of finch that are hardy birds. They can withstand cold weather. The most common foods for these birds are seed mixes, veggies, nuts, worms and mealworms. They are good climbers and can help regulate your bird’s metabolism.
African Finches or Cockatoos are also famous finches. These birds are typically sold as house pets and are extremely popular with families. They are also very playful. These are great birds for people who are unable to raise other types of finches. Since they are small, they do not eat a lot and will save you money because they don’t tend to be picky about what they eat.
Of course, there are many more varieties of finch. Spend some time researching the types of finch you might like to buy and see what fits best into your lifestyle. Remember that different finches have different needs. No two finches will ever be the same, so make sure you do your research before buying one.
When you have decided which finch you would like to buy, you can then go to the pet store and find the perfect one. Remember that different breeds of finches vary in colour, size, and activity levels, so you need to know which ones you would like to get before you go looking. Once you find the finch you would like, remember to pick it up immediately to secure when you bring it home.
It would help if you always kept an eye on the diet that your finch gets each day. Make sure that it gets plenty of Vitamin A and Zinc. Finches are prone to eye tumours and other health issues if they do not get the right amount of Vitamin A and Zinc in their diet, so be sure that you feed your finch plenty of fruits and vegetables to prevent these types of health problems.
Remember that you are responsible for providing your finch with fresh food daily. Be sure that you clean up after yourself and clean your bird’s food dish daily as well. Finches are very clean creatures and do not do well when they do not have a clean area to eat. You must pick up after yourself and make sure your food bowl is always full. If you do not have a full bowl, be sure to give the food to your finch soon because it will want to take it with them.
Remember that finches like to eat different types of food. You should be able to identify which kind of food your finch likes by trying other foods. Once you find the food your finch likes, be sure to feed it to them daily. You should only hand-feed your finch food once or twice per week so that it will become accustomed to eating that type of food. If you introduce new foods to your finch regularly, they will quickly learn how to accept them, and you will not have any problems with them.