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Finches

Common Waxbill

Also called the St. Helena Waxbill

Gouldian Finch

Stunning colors.

Java Finch

A very eager breeder.  A number of color variations available.

Magpie Mannikin

The Magpie Mannikin (Lonchura fringilloides) is an estrildid finch from Africa.  In the wild, they are generally found in the bamboo thickets, bushes and grassland with scrub. In my opinion, they’ve been unjustly overlooked as an aviary bird.  Although perhaps not the most beautiful of the Munias, they are a sturdy bird and easy to keep.  Others have reported that their Magpie Mannikins are bullies, but my pair have been generally peaceful with other finches. 

The adult Magpie Mannikin is predominantly a black and white bird.  It has a thick, heavy black bill.  The head and tail are black while the breast and under parts are white or cream.  The wings and back are a dark brown.  On the flanks is a pretty black and brown barring.  On the juvenile bird, the colors are more subdued.  It’s generally a buff brown overall with a tan breast.  Determining the sex of the bird can be difficult.  The female is the same color as the male but a bit smaller.

They greatly enjoy bathing.  With each water change, they are one of the first to hop in and splash around.  This is generally several times a day.

 

Owl Finches

One of my favorite finches.  Very cute, active and peaceful.

Pintailed Whydah

The male is beautiful to see flying around an aviary.  He’s happiest with several females to court.  They’re parasitic nesters, laying their eggs in other birds’ nests.  Due to that, they can be a bit disruptive in your aviary.

Red-headed Parrot Finch

Can become quite friendly.  Always eager to take a bath!

Shafttail Finch

An active finch.  Can become quiet friendly.

Society Finch

Peaceful.  Great parents that are often used to foster other species’ young.  Many color variations as well as crests and frills available.

Spice Finch

Generally a good bird for a mixed aviary.