Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Creature Feature #235: Firefinch

Firefinches are a Genus of Old World Finches, comprised of eleven species, spread across Africa. This fellow is a Red-Billed. He is widespread and sociable, travelling in large flocks between feeding grounds. His main diet is seeds, and he can be damaging to agricultural crops. They are colony breeders, constructing elaborate domed nests  low in the tree branches. Pairs are monogamous and long-term, only seeking a new mate if one dies. Firefinches are fairly common in aviculture and breed readily in captivity.

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