Scientific Name: Taeniopygia
Distribution: Australia, Indonesia and East Timor, Northern Hemisphere, Africa
Weight: 10-16 g
Size: Approximately 4 inches in length
Distinct Markings: Finches come in a amazing variety of colors and patterns. There are many finch species available, and zebra finches, Gouldian finches and society finches are long-time favorites. Feather coloring ranges considerably. Zebra finches display plumage ranging from black-breasted or orange-breasted with gray cheeks and vibrant cresting to recessive silver feathering and penguin-like patterns. Gouldian finches usually have solid-colored primary feathers that include a rich rainbow of hues.
All variants of the finch species have developed 12 tail feathers and 9 primary feathers and are strong gliders.