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Interesting Finch Facts

1.The finch is classified as a passerine bird. Its lifespan ranges from four to seven years. Its maximum life expectancy is 20 years but is rarely reached.

2.It is one of the smallest birds on Earth and belongs to the largest bird family.

3.Finches are small and quiet birds that do not need human interaction. They donít mind having humans around when searching for food on the ground or bird feeders.

4.Being more bird-oriented than people-oriented, these birds if kept as pets are not meant to be taken out of their cage and played with. Playing with humans is seen to cause them stress.

5.Finches are songbirds that are ideally meant to be watched only for entertainment.

6.Darwinís finches which look like little sparrows are said to be the most valuable lesson in natural selection. A total of 14 Darwinís finches are in existence with 13 of them in the Galapagos Island in the Pacific Ocean and one in Cocos Island. All of them are part of the passerine group of finches and sparrows among many others.

7.The oldest finch arrived in Galapagos Island millions of years back. What eventually contributed to the existence of different finch species were the isolated location of the island, its odd tropical weather and the presence of other small islands that enabled the birds to hop around. The difference among the species lies in their behavior, diet and their beaks.

8.The house finch was only a western bird before 1940. Then they were illegally shipped to New York City for trade as caged birds. Some pet dealers, however, later released their birds which eventually thrived in Long Island. Since that time, the house finches spread to the eastern and Midwestern part of the U.S. Today, they are one of the most common garden birds.

9.The house finch, also known as the linnet or papaya bird, was introduced in the state of California in 1870. It is often found in cities. Thanks to backyard feeders, many finches have survived through the years.

10.House finches are non-migratory to partial migratory birds. They usually stay in or close to their breeding areas over winter. They may only wander off to other areas in search for their food.

11.The house finch has two color varieties in Honolulu, Hawaii where they were also introduced. Found there are the red head and yellow finches.The yellow color is said to be an effect of physiological stress and improper diet

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