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  • I cannot recommend these birds highly enough

    • by aarddragon

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      The society finch(Lonchura striata domestica) has been raised by the Chinese and Japanese for hundreds of years,and is probably the oldest domestic caged bird. It does not exist as a wild species,and tests have shown that it is a domesticated form of the white-rumped mannikin,which some color varieties (the chocolate self) resemble closely.

      Male and female societies are identical in appearance,and the only way to differentiate them is by behavior. Only the male sings,and he bounces up and down on his perch,sort of performing a little dance, while doing so. Because they have been domesticated for so long,societies are very friendly and calm around people. They are also very social with each other and with other birds. They like to perch pressed close together and will happily stuff as many as will fit into a nest box or enclosed basket when they go to sleep for the night. At one time I had a

      family of eight societies caged together,and it very cute to see all their little faces,bright eyes shining,peeking out of the nest hole,with birds literally piled on top of each other. They never fight or squabble amongst themselves,and I have never seen one even give so much as an irritable peck at another bird. Apparently societies are too serene in nature to ever feel irritable!

      Society finches are very prolific,raising one brood after another, if allowed to do so. They seem to live to raise young. If kept communally,more than one hen will use the same nest and the entire family–males,females and juveniles alike–will share in incubating the eggs and feeding the young. This little finch is an excellent foster parent,happily feeding the offspring of completely different species,and so are often used to raise the chicks of other birds that are less co-operative about caring for their young. The sight of any opened beak seems ...

      • to trigger the society’s feeding instinct. I once owned an orange cheeked waxbill,a tiny finch approximately half the size of the societies ,that I housed with them because they were so benign that I was sure that she would not be harmed or bullied by them. She actually tried to boss the bigger birds around,but they seemed oblivious to her efforts. One day she was following one of the males around,scolding him incessantly,and he suddenly turned and stuffed a seed into her beak. The waxbill was quite stunned!

        It is better to use caution when housing societies with other kinds of adult finches. I could place the waxbill in with my societies because of the vast difference in size. I have also housed them with zebra finches with success,although sometimes an overly aggressive zebra finch will bully them. Finches that are closer to the same size and that are more aggressive will often pick

        on the societies,and sometimes attack and even kill them. The societies simply are not capable of defending themselves.

        Society finches are good birds for the beginner,as they thrive on a simple diet of quality finch seed mix, with a little romaine lettuce,bits of hard boiled egg yolk,and a slice of apple added several times a week. They are also very calm and not prone to get over-stressed or excitable. They seem to like people,and I have had some that would take treats from my hand. One male that I owned liked to tug on my hair whenever I leaned over the cage,and I have read about orphaned societies that were raised by their owners and became very affectionate pets. I find everything about them very peaceful,from their sweet personalities,to their soothing vocalizations that sound very like crickets chirping,to their muted but beautiful shades of brown or fawn over white. I cannot recommend these birds highly enough.

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