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Fun & Interesting Facts About Zebra Finches

Updated on May 25, 2012

Zebra finches are one of the most unusual mammals on earth. There are some unique facts that make them this way. A lot of them come from a similar family line that makes them the same. However, this also makes them unique within the family line as well.

Zebra Finches are from the land down under.

You can find them mostly located in central and southern Australia. However, they are more likely to be found in the dry mild climate of the central portion of Australia. Along with Australia they can also be found in Indonesia. However, they seem to be spreading since there have been reports of them being seen or found all around the world.

Zebra Finches are not very large they can range from 10 centimeters long to about 3.9 inches long.

Zebra finches have a variety of diet that includes grass, seeds, and smaller insects

Zebra finches love to chatter. It is not uncommon to hear their calls and chatter on a calm night.

Forest birds

The birds live in the forest and can be found near most major water outlets. They prefer the open steps and like to congregate under trees and bushes for security and shade. They have suffered like most other animals the inclusion of human intervention into their habitats. Man usually y keeps these zebra finches as pets.

Breeding season

Zebra finches are used to two separate seasons the wet and dry season. It is during the wet season the birds are adapted to breeding. The finches that are in captivity have become docile in this regards and can breed almost the entire year around. However, in the wild these birds are adapted to the rainy season. This is because they can find suitable low lining trees and bushes to have their offspring in. They have even been known to make new homes out of deserted rabbit holes, termite hills and other homes left by other mammals.

Life span

Zebra finches have quite a long lifespan in the finches’ family. They can live in the wild for up to 15 years. For the birds that are in captivity it is usually only 5 to 10 years. The natural predators such as cats and small dogs are usually the greatest threat to zebra finches.


These birds tend to love the organic seeds from many plants. Their beaks are built for husking the seeds open to get to the inner portion. They will eat almost any seed they are able to locate in the wild. When Zebra finches are in captivity they have a wide diet of egg, corn and seeds.


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    Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    They are cute little birds. Thanks for the information.

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    mecheshier 5 years ago

    bdegiulio, you took the words right out of my mouth: What a beautiful bird! Thank you Kadmiels!

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    Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    These are lovely little birds that I would enjoying seeing one day. Thanks for the introduction to them. Voted awesome.

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    Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

    Interesting information on the zebra finch. We once owned finches but I don't believe they were 'zebra finch'. They were adorable and friendly.

    In the beginning of your hub you say, "10 centimeters long to about 3.9 inches long". You might want to change the centimeters to inches or the inches to centimeters.

    I did enjoy this hub and the two photos you included.

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    flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

    I bet that pretty little bird has a lot of personality.

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    Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    What a beautiful bird. Had never heard of the zebra finch. Hopefully I'll get to Australia someday to see them for myself. Thanks for sharing.