Caged birds: Finches

Caged birds: Finches

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Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformi
Family: Finches

Subfamily Fringillinae
Genus Fringilla

Subfamily Carduelinae
- Tribe Coccothraustini

Genus Mycerobas
Genus Hesperiphona
Genus Coccothraustes
Genus Eophona

- Tribe Pyrrhulini
Genus Pinicola
Genus Pyrrhula
Genus Rhodopechys
Genus Bucanetes
Genus Agraphospiza
Genus Callacanthis
Genus Pyrrhoplectes
Genus Procarduelis
Genus Leucosticte

- Tribe Carpodacini
Genus Carpodacus

- Tribe drepanidini
Genus Melamprosops
Genus Paroreomyza
Genus Oreomystis
Genus Telespiza
Genus Loxioides
Genus Rhodocanthis
Genus Chloridops
Genus Psittirostra
Genus Dysmorodrepanis
Vestiary genus
Genus Drepanis
Genus Ciridops
Genus Palmeria
Genus Himatione
Genus Viridonia
Genus Akialoa
Genus Hemignathus
Genus Pseudonestor
Genus Magumma
Genus Manucerthia
Genus Loxops
Genus Chlorodrepanis

- Tribe Carduelini
Genus Haemorhous
Genus Chloris
Genus Rhodospiza
Genus Rhynchostruthus
Genus Linurgus
Genus Crithagra
Genus Linaria
Genus Acanthis
Genus Loxia
Genus Chrysocorythus
Genus Carduelis
Genus Serinus
Genus Spinus

Subfamily Euphoniinae
Genus Euphonia
Genus Chlorophonia

Finches vary in size from 9.5 cm and 8.4 g of the Lucarino of the Andes (Carduelis spinescens) at 23 cm and 80 g of the Collared Beccogrosso (Mycerobas affinis).

Alario - Serinus Alario (photo

Morphological characteristics

All Finches have 12 remiges and 9 rector feathers. The basic colors of the plumage are brown and greenish; many species also have large areas of black color, while white is generally absent, except for some bands on the wings and other similar distinctive signs. Bright yellow and red carotenoid pigments are very common in this family, and so the blue structural colors are quite rare, as yellow pigments turn blue into green. Many species have a marked sexual dichromatism: females usually lack the bright plumage of males.


They generally live in well-forested areas, but some even go to the mountains or even to deserts. They are mainly granivores. During nesting, however, the Finches also feed on small arthropods. They have lively flight like almost all the small passerines, alternating fast beats dala with glides made with closed wings. They are all excellent singers and many of them have become common aviary birds; among these, the most famous is the domestic canary (Serinus canaria domestica). The nests are basket-shaped and are usually built on trees or, more rarely, between bushes and rocks.

Arctic Organ - Carduelis hornemanni (photo herjansauga)

Card created by Federico Vinattieri

Video: zebra finch singing - beautiful (May 2022).