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The Colourful World of Canaries and Finches

This guide tells you everything you need to know about choosing a pet Canary or Finch, and keeping your birds healthy and happy. It shows you how to set up a cage or aviary, offers a full menu of suitable foods, and enables you to recognise when your birds need extra attention, distraction or intervention.

Different finch species
Canaries and Zebra Finches may be the most popular, but there are many other types available

The aim is to take the novice from the point of purchase to the brink of expertise. In addition to the basics of finch care, it offers colourful details of finch types and varieties, and gives a tantalising glimpse into the world of bird breeding and exhibiting.

In the course of this guide it can be assumed that general information about food, cages, etc, applies to all types of finch. Where this is not the case, the exceptions to the rule are pointed out.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here we’ll be very surprised, and urge you to let us know. Your input will help keep the content accurate and up to date.

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Finches and Canaries
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Finch and Canary aviary
a yellow white and grey colourful bird stood on a table
a yellow white and grey colourful bird stood on a table
two birds stood on a perch inside a cage


Alam, 23 May 2024

I heard that gouldain finches or owl finches don't raise their it true?

Aubrea, 24 August 2023

can society finches have a small amount of peanut butter as treat?

Nicola, 14 April 2023

Hi, Have 2 canaries in my Geo. It's great except they can empty the hopper into the dish below, in 24 hours. Is there anything anyone has done to slow them down and stop the flicking it out?

Shannon, 9 March 2022

I recently lost my female strawberry finch. My male is lonely. If anyone has a female available please let me know. Thanks

Avyukth, 27 September 2021

Can you please advice me how to tame a finch ?