Bengal Finch Natural History
The average length of this bird (which is also sometimes in the USA and Canada referred to as a society finch) is 12 to 15cm.
Habitat and Distribution
This is a domesticated bird breed which cannot be found in the wild.
On average these birds will live 4 to 6 years however they have been known to live for up to 8 years.
Their diet mimics a wild diet of seeds and grains through the consumption of commercial finch or parakeet diets.
Groups and Breeding
This particular bird breed is fairly social and females will often share a single nest site (however when males are kept with just other males there can sometimes be high levels aggression between them). A female finch will lay 4 to 8 eggs and shortly after laying the last one, the 16 day incubation will begin.
This bird does not exist naturally in the wild and as such is in no need for conservation.
This domesticated breed is bred from a bird known as the White Rumped Munia (or striated finch in the aviculture world).
The Bengal Finch During Your Day Out in Kent
These birds are just one of many species of bird which call the tropical house at Wingham Wildlife Park home. Especially during the spring and summer months this is a beautifully planted area where you can immerse yourself in a world of tweeting birds and trickling water falls! Other bird species which can be found in this area are various other finch and touraco species as well as a number of lorikeets (black winged, yellow backed chattering, goeldi and rainbow). Watch out for the lorikeets whilst in this area, as they are renowned aerial acrobats and love to put on a red arrows (or in this case should I say green arrows) like display.