The owl finch, also known as the double-barred or Bicheno finch, is characterized by a dark patch around their face. It gives them a barn owl like appearance, gaining them the name ‘owl’ finch. The males and females of the species looks almost the same, whereas the young ones have a more brownish appearance.
The bleu waxbill or cordon bleu waxbill is a genus of small finches native to Africa. With three recognized species, including the blue-capped cordon bleu waxbill (Uraeginthus cyanocephala), the blue-breasted cordon bleu waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis), and the red-cheeked cordon bleu waxbill (Uraeginthus bengalus), the female finches of all these species have striking similarity with each other. The cocks have more extensive blue feathering, more intense and brighter than the hens. Continue reading Cordon Bleu Waxbill
The Star Finch, also known as red-faced finch, red-faced grass finch, Rufous-tailed finch, Ruficauda finch, is characterized by a red beak, with males having a larger face mask. Their numbers have reduced due to the cage-bird trade and they mostly exist in aviaries. Continue reading Star Finch
The Shaft-tail Finch is a beautiful finch species originating from Australia. It is found in abundance and is second only to Zebra Finch in terms of population. These birds are further classified into two sub-species – the Yellow-billed variety (Poephila acuticauda) and the red-billed variety (Poephila acuticauda hecki). Although the male and female Shaft-tail finches are identical, they have slight differences in bib size, beak color, and body size. Continue reading Shaft-tail Finch
Zebra Finch, also known as Chestnut-eared finch, spotted-sided finch and Nyi-Nyi, is a small bird with a thick, pointed triangular beak, grayish-brown wings and a black and white striped chest like a zebra. Being a popular choice of pets, these birds have been bred in captivity for many years. Continue reading Zebra Finch
The Gouldian Finch also known as rainbow finch, Lady Gouldian finch, Gould’s finch, Scarlet headed finch is an attractive and colorful bird. These birds, with a blackish beak have red, yellow or black colored heads because of their color mutations. Female finches have a less bright hue than their male counterparts and are characterized with a light mauve chest. Being classified as ‘endangered in the wild’, by the IUCN in 1992, most of these birds are bred in captivity mainly in Australia. Continue reading Gouldian Finch
The Diamond Firetail is one of the Firetail finch species that inhabit Australia. With fiery red tail feathers and rump, this finch species has been fittingly named as “Firetail”. Diamond Firetails have prominent, attractive plumage, making them popular in aviculture. They are also well liked as pets. These birds have a direct and low flight with slight undulations. Continue reading Diamond Firetail