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February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

Society finches are the most active and colorful of this species of birds. No society finches look alike but there are three basic colorations: brown mottled, yellow mottled, and white. Even within these colorations, the shade, distribution, and intensity of these colors vary greatly. Males and females look similar, but only the males sings and will do so during breeding season.

This finch has been domesticated for so long that it can now rarely be found in the wild. In fact, it is perhaps the domesticated version of the white-backed munia that evolved from a Chinese subspecies of finch and later spread after it was imported to Japan hundreds of years ago. Selective breeding of this species resulted in the society finch and the variety of mutations that are so popular today.

As pets, the society finch is an excellent breeder and probably the easiest of the finches to keep. They are hardy birds who will thrive as long as they are given proper care. Unlike most finches, they breed better in a cage than in an aviary. This makes the society finch a fun pet for the family.

While these finches are colorful, active, and pleasantly vocal, they are not "hands-on" pets. Meaning, they are too small, fast, and nervous to be handled. But if you enjoy watching birds and listening to their lilting sounds, these finches are the perfect pets for you.

Although this finch does not necessarily need another finch for company, it will live a more interesting life if it has a friend. It will also be more fun if you to have two finches because you can watch how they interact with each other. If you have the room and budget for one finch, you probably have the room and budget for two.

You should know that society finches are almost too social, gathering and interfering with one another's nesting. Pairs should be separated for breeding. However, at other times, this highly social bird should be housed in groups.

When it comes to their diet, society finches eat bird seeds but they need a mix of feeds for proper nutrition. You can mix the bird seeds with some fruits, vegetables and live insects. The recommended vegetables are leafy greens like spinach, dandelions, romaine, and parsley.

Use a seed mix packaged for finches, and check it for freshness. For more nutritious and possibly more palatable seeds, sprout them yourself. Your finch should have seeds available at all times. Provide fresh fruits and vegetables in the morning, and remove them in an hour or so before they spoil.

Luke Wright is a finch expert. For great information on society finches, visit http://www.finchbirdcare.com.

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