The Finch Weekly

The Red Headed Finch

There’s something eye catching about birds that have red plumage and also often a bit of a fiery temperament to go with that colouration.  The Red Headed Finch is a great example of the distinctive looking bird but is generally a little more sociable than the closely related Cut throat finch. In the wild Also […]

The Red Browed Finch

The Red Browed Finch is a bird that often causes confusion due to its other name – the Sydney Waxbill.  Although it has a bright red beak and delicate looks, this little bird isn’t a waxbill and is a member of the same family of Estrildidae finches as Star Finches and Cherry Finches.  So who […]

Small But Lively – The Red Eared Waxbill

As a rule, waxbills are interesting little birds to keep as they are very busy, always doing something and good entertainment.  The red eared waxbill is one of the smaller members of this branch of the Estrildid family tree and is every bit as lively and interesting as its slightly bigger cousins.  Here is a […]

Estrildid Finches – Meet the Family!

To anyone who keeps foreign finches, then the term estrildid finches will be familiar because most of the birds in this family are the ones we keep in our aviaries and cages.  They tend to be termed foreign finches in the UK to separate them from the ‘British’ finch family that contains birds such as […]