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
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.
In the spring when Feather, 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.