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    Zebra Finch Information Guide

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    The Zebra finch is the most common breed of estrildid finch found native to Central Australia. However, today in the world of aviculture, this breed has proved extremely popular choice with bird owners. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    These finches are close relations to the common sparrow, and the breed can vary in size from 8.3cm long to 17cm long.

    Temperament of the Zebra Finch breed

    Zebra finches are renowned for their gregarious nature, so if you're looking to buy these intriguing birds, it's best to buy at least 2-3 to ensure boredom and loneliness don't become an issue.

    These birds are also extremely protective of their young, so when chicks arrive, it's important to provide adequate shelter and nesting areas.

    The average zebra finch will live for around 15 years with appropriate care.

    Diet of Zebra Finches

    A stereotypical zebra finch will feast on seeds to its heart's content, so if you're feeding zebra finches, provide a good mix of seeds (most pet shops will sell bird seed as a mix as standard) including sunflower seeds, millet and cracked corn.

    You can learn more about bird feed by clicking on the link.

    Housing Zebra Finches

    Perhaps unsurprisingly considering their Central Australian origins, these birda are extremely susceptible to the cold, so it's important to house them in a warm, sheltered aviary that does not become exposed to changeable weather conditions.

    In terms of height, naturally it's best to opt for the tallest aviary you can afford as these birds do like to stretch their wings. However, as a general guideline, the size of a cage will be dependent on the amount of birds. If you only own 1 or 2 birds, a small cage will suffice; any more and you'll need to introduce a little extra space.

    Try and place the nesting area at one of the highest points in the cage - zebra finches will feel more at ease when nesting at height.

    Find Zebra finches for sale on Bird Trader

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