1. The scientific name for zebra finch is Taeniopygia.

2. They can grow to up to 10 centimetres (3.9 inches).

3. Their favourite food is grass seeds.

4. They mostly live in grasslands close to water

5. They breed very well after substantial rains.

6. They may live up to 5 years in their natural habitat.

7. They live for 8 – 10 years in captivity.

8. Happy zebra finches live up to 12 years.

9. Cats are widely known as the only greatest threat to their survival.

10. The species Taeniopygia is mostly found in continental Australia.

11. They always in groups of several pairs.

12. The male and the female finch separate only when they have eggs in their nest.

13. Male species dislikes body contact with other species.

14. They are loud singers.

15. All male zebra finches sing differently.

16. Like human beings, male finches live to impress their female counter part.

17. Female finches make bad singers.

18. They were the second birds to be sequenced in 2008.

19. Their favourite seed is millet.

20. They very untidy when eating, they drop seeds everywhere.

21. They frequently drink water

22. They use strings and plant leaves to build their nests.

23. They like building their nests at the corner of the cage or in their food dish.

24. They spend the night cuddling during nesting period.

25. They lay 2 – 7 eggs.

26. Male beaks are red and female beaks are orange.

27. The beak is the only part mostly used to distinguish between male and female finches.

28. Young zebra finches have a black beak that changes colour after about one month.

29. All their chicks hatch differently according to the laying time of each egg.

30. It takes 14-16 days foe their eggs to hatch.

31. It takes 3 months for finches to fully grow.

32. They start breeding after about 8 months.

33. Both parents take turns fetching food and sitting on the nest.

34. The male finch is very protective of the female during laying of eggs.

35. Finches dance and sing when courting each other.

In summary, finches are most wonderful to have as pets and can sometimes be noisy. It is recommended that expert advice be sought before one could take a finch home. As small and as simple as they look, finches needs patience and proper care in order to breed successfully.

Source by JP Jonathan