When ornithologists use the term “finch”, they are usually referring to birds in the Family Fringillidae. However, the “finches” kept by pet owners are more often of the Family Estrildidae – the waxbills, weavers and sparrows. Today we’ll take a closer look at the Family Fringillidae, the True Finches.
Classification and Range
The 140+ species of True Finches range across all continents except Antarctica and Australia. The most commonly-kept birds in this family are the Bullfinch and the European Goldfinch. The American Goldfinch, is a close relative and, in captivity, interbreeds with its European cousin. Most True Finches are classified within the Subfamily Carduelinae. They nest solitarily and defend only the area around the nest. Mated pairs forage with others in loose flocks. Read More »