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The Habitat and Characteristics of Society Finches

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on July 15, 2011 - 4:01 am (1213 views — 383 words)

Society Finches are scientifically named as Lonchura domestica. It was in China when these breeds of birds were first spotted some two-hundred sixty years ago, it was imported to Japan and then to Europe. The Society Finches are now in several countries particularly the U.S. in the present day.

Breeding Society Finches is common nowadays whether people acquire them for commercial use or take care of them as pets. Society Finches are known to be sociable and peaceful if put together with other breeds of birds. In addition, Society Finches are very caring in a term when it comes to their chicks; that’s why most of them are used to look after other finches' offspring.

Society Finches are considered to be the product of crossbreeds from different kinds of finches. Society Finches are domestic birds which cannot be found in the wild or mountainous regions. It is believed that these birds came from the Sharp-tailed or White-backed Mannikins. Their color varies from rich albino to brownish shade with white marks on their body. Their size is only 4-5 inches. Male Society Finches are known of their loud singing voice. While singing, these birds swiftly leap to the other side as they extend their wings and set their body upright. They sing to the female finches and sometimes to other males. Typically, the female finches don't sing but sometimes they make warning noises.

Society Finches can be raised in cages and aviaries. During summertime, the cages or aviaries is best placed outside. They are active birds and they want to play with toys, swings, and ladders. They also like to have baths. Water must be clean all the time. Consider putting live plants to provide a finch-friendly environment. Be sure not to place poisonous or toxic plants in their cages. If the finches are place indoors, they need to have full-spectrum lights for 10-12 hours every day. This is essential for them to synthesize the Vitamin D, which is very important to their bones’ health.

Society Finches need a variety of diet seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Balanced mixes and ready-made diets are available for procurement. Healthy recipes for finches are now provided as part of their food diet. Oyster shells or crushed eggshells are good for their calcium supplements and for their digestive system.