Java Finch

Growth Size

The Java Finch grows to a length of about 15cm.


7 – 9 years.


These birds are very social, but are too timid for human interaction. They must live in a pair or small group, otherwise they can become depressed.

Training Difficulty

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

Recommended Owners

Recommended for people who are happy just observing their birds, but aren't looking for a pet that they can hold. Also good for homes that are too small to accommodate larger pets.


The Java Finch has been kept as a pet since the 17th century. First in China, then later popularity spread to Japan. These Finches can be seen in many old Japanese artworks. From the 1960s – 70s, these birds were quite popular in America, until their import was banned.


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.


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


The natural colouring of a Java Finch is a grey body with a black and white head, and a thick red beak. There are a few colour mutations available, one of which is a white mutation. These White Javas do not naturally exist in the wild and are a product of selective breeding.