The Finch Weekly

Canary Varieties – The Lizard Canary

There is no shortage of canary types of varieties out there in an amazing range of colors.  One of the most distinctive in terms of their markings is the Lizard Canary.  It is also one of the oldest types of canaries with a long and slightly troubled history.  Let’s learn more about those lizards. What […]

The Green Singing Finch – A Guide to Keeping and Breeding


The green singing finch is a small, bright yellow bird that can be found in the wild throughout Central and Southern Africa. They are known for their beautiful song and relatively easy breeding requirements. This blog post will look at where these finches come from, what they eat, how to breed them in captivity and […]

What is a Waxbill?

One of the things you learn when you start keeping birds is that some birds have a few different names.  Another is that there are names for groups of birds that aren’t ‘proper’ zoological terms but help to break up the massive group that are passerine species.   An example of that is the waxbill, another […]

Bourke’s Parakeets – How to Keep and Care for Them

When you keep finches, having some of the ‘hookbeaks’ or parrot family birds might seem like a bad idea. And it often is! But there’s one group of species that are quite a good match with the little guys – the grass parakeets. One of the best known and easiest to find of the group […]

Bird Profile: House Finch (Mexican Sparrow)

One of the funny things with bird keeping is the variation of names that birds have.  Sure, they only have one Latin name but they can have a range of common names.  A classic example of this is the Mexican House Finch.  When I first heard of these birds they were called Mexican Sparrows or […]

Violet Eared Waxbill Profile

The Violet Eared Waxbill is also known as the Common Grenadier and is a member of the same family as other eye catching finches such as the Purple Grenadier and the Blue cap waxbills.  With its distinctive purple face and rump, it is an easy to distinguish bird and also one that tends to be […]