Finch 101

Quick Facts
LIFESPAN: Approximately 15-20 years
SIZE: Up to 60” (152 cm) long

Socialization & General Care

  • Finches do not enjoy human handling.
  • Whistling and talking to your finch will provide the socialization and interaction he requires.
  • New surroundings can be stressful for your finch. Allow 3-4 days for him to get adjusted to his surroundings.

Wild finches can be found everywhere in the world except Australia


  • Finches are herbivores and should be fed a fortified pellet-seed blend.
  • Finches peel every seed and let the hull drop back into their dish. You will need to remove empty seed hulls daily out of your finch’s food dish.
  • Fresh vegetables should be offered daily and any uneaten food should be removed before it spoils. Acceptable choices are dark leafy greens, zucchini and broccoli. Fresh fruit such as papaya, bananas and melon should be offered weekly.
  • Bits of hard-boiled egg and cooked pasta can also be offered weekly.
  • Treats such as spray millet and packaged treats can be offered sparingly.
  • Fresh water should be available at all times and food and water dishes should be cleaned daily.


  • Moulting is a natural process when birds lose and replace their feathers.
  • A nutritious diet is needed to promote the re-growth of lost feathers.
  • Protect your finch from temperature fluctuations, drafts and frightening experiences while moulting.

Health Issues to Watch For

  • Change in the consistency, frequency or color of droppings.
  • Ruffled feathers for prolonged periods.
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss.
  • Sitting on bottom of cage for prolonged periods.
  • Laboured breathing, sneezing, coughing and crusty beak or eyes.
  • If you notice any of the symptoms above, seek veterinary care.

Fun Finch Facts

  • Finches are songbirds that are ideally meant to be watched only for entertainment!
  • The oldest finch arrived on Galapagos Island millions of years ago.
  • It is one of the smallest birds on Earth and belongs to the largest bird family, Fringillidae.

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