Zebra Finch

Latin name Taeniopygia guttata
Class Birds
Order Passeriformes
Family Estrildidae
IUCN Status Least Concern
Habitat Grasslands, forests, open steppes
Distribution Australia

General Information

The zebra finch is the most common finch in Australia. They are small, about 10cm long. Males have bright orange cheeks and red beaks, females have no cheek patches and orange beaks. Their diet consists of grass seeds and millet.

Lifespan: 7 – 10 in captivity

Fun Fact

Zebra finches are extremely vocal with a variety of calls. Males have their own unique song that can be passed to their sons. Females are unable to sing.

Keeper Notes

In the spring when Bianca, our Shetland pony, moults her thick winter coat the keepers gather bits of it up and place them in the finches’ aviary as they love collecting it to make cosy nests.