Zebra Finch, this cute bird is found in almost every continent leaving the cool moist south and the tropical far north. It can be found natively in Central Australia, Indonesia and East Timor. Zebras are mainly grass seed eaters and they are soothing singers too. They are fun to have in your home too. If you have interest in different bird species and beautiful birds always attract your attention then go through this article. Many interesting facts about this beautiful Zebra Finches are waiting for you. Go through and you may end up bringing a pair in your home too.
Interesting Zebra Finches Facts:
1. The reason behind their name: You may wonder why a bird is named as Zebra. There is obviously reason for that. The small chest of this cute bird has black and white stripes like zebras. Thus they are so named.
2. The different beak color of male and female birds: Male Zebras have dark red colored beak but their female friends have lighter shaded orange beaks.
3. The fastest maturing bird in the world: Oh! This tiny bird has one big record against their name. They are the fastest maturing bird. They are able to breed from the age of only 70-80 days.
4. Act as wonderful pet: Zebra Finches are great company to the human beings. They should be kept in pairs. They are well known for their cool temperament and often they make such a good connection with their human host that they eat food directly from their master’s hand.
5. Facts about reproduction: Finches are monogamy and rest with one partner for the lifetime. They generally breed after ample rainfall as there is more food after rainfall. They start breeding from 70-80 days of their ages.
6. They dance wonderfully: Before the mating season usually the male bird dances on the branches of tree to impress the female bird. The push the plumage to make their dance more attractive.
7. Small and tiny appearance: Zebra Finches are one of the tiniest birds. They can grow up to only 10 centimeters.
8. Their lifespan: Finches can live up to 5-7 years when they are free but when captivated they often live up to 10-12 years.
9. Their singing ability: Both the male and female Finches can sing. All male birds sing differently but the female finches are bad singers.
10. They live together: A big flock of birds stay together. Even a male and his female only separate when they have eggs in their nest.
11. The changing beak color: The young birds have black beaks which changes into bright red or orange color after one month.
12. Protective: When they breed and have eggs in the nest, the male Finches become very protective.
13. They are untidy while eating: Though they are very beautiful to look at but they are very nasty while they eat. They drop seeds every here and there.
14. Good sense of smell: Birds are known for their poor smelling capability. But the Finches are exceptions. They use this sense of smell to locate relatives.
15. Contribution to the world of science: Hard to believe but yes, this small bird has helped a lot in the task of understanding how the birds behave, how they sing and talk and how it evolves and even how human brain works.
16. Diet: Though they love grass seeds yet if you are planning to make them your pet then give them a mixed diet of calcium (boiled eggshell) and seeds.
17. Water intake: This bird is a frequent water drinker.
18. Never house them alone: This bird does not like to live alone. So always house them in pair. Even when they breed. If you find an uneven numbers of birds in the cage make it even.
19. Occasional trimming of their nails: If your pet finch has overgrown nails trim it by an experienced bird groomer.
20. Social in nature: As they are social in nature they create cacophony while they sing together.
21. Subject of genetic research: This bird is a common subject of genetic research.
22. They love to fly: Finches are flight loving birds and need a minimum of 20 inches horizontal space to be accommodated.
23. Adaptive species: This bird is very adaptive to new surroundings. But they are mostly fond in open areas with grasses and bushes.
24. They learn singing from the surroundings: As they are adaptive in nature they learn singing from the nature itself so they are very popular as songbirds.
25. Second bird genome to be sequenced: After chicken, Finch is the second bird whose genome has been sequenced in the year 2008.
Zebra Finches are one of the loveliest creations of Mother Nature with its serene beauty, soothing singing and composed temperament.