Gouldian Finch

Growth Size

The Gouldian Finch grows to 12 – 15cm in length, and weighs about 15g.

Lifespan

5 – 7 years.

Temperament

Social birds by nature, the Gouldian Finch loves interacting with other Finches. They won't tolerate excessive handling, or being kept with larger birds.

Training Difficulty

Quite difficult to train, due to their aversion to human handling.

Recommended Owners

Recommended for people who like brightly-coloured birds, but aren't looking for a pet that they can hold. Also good for homes that are too small to accommodate larger pets.

Origin

This native Australian Finch was first discovered in 1844 by John Gould who originally named it the Lady Gouldian Finch in honour of his wife. These birds are becoming less common in the wild, and their conservation status is now listed by the Australian Government as 'Endangered'.

Diet

A commercial Finch seed blend supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables. A mineral block should also be provided.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Provide a shallow bowl of water (separate to drinking water) for the Finch to bathe in as it pleases.

Comments

Collecting Gouldian Finches from the wild was banned in the early 1980s, and all birds available as pets are bred in captivity. Fires and cattle grazing are blamed for the decrease of these birds in the wild. The non-captive population is currently estimated at around 2500 adult birds.