Gouldian Finch


Gouldian finches often develop a strong bond with their owner and are known for their loyalty. However, the Goundian finch also craves time with other birds. Gouldian finch owners notice these pet birds are intelligent and constantly watching the actions of their caretakers. Gouldian finches are social birds, so when keeping a pet Gouldian finch, it is best to have more than one, possibly two of the same sex to avoid breeding.

Behavior / Health Concerns

The Gouldian finches are susceptible to egg binding, constipation and mites. Provide a varied diet for your Gouldian finch that consists of seed, greens, cuttlebone and egg food. Finches can be sensitive to diet changes and cold temperatures, so they need time to acclimate to changes in their environment. Gouldian finches require more food during a molt. House Gouldians in a large cages to allow for plenty of room for flight. Gouldian finches also enjoy bathing as often as the owner will allow.

Expert Advice

“The Gouldian finch comes in a variety of colors. Breederes refer to it as a variety of mutations. Black-headed, purple-chested green body or red-headed, purple breasted green body are considered normal colors. Mutations can be any other color combination.”

Paula Hansen, Gouldian finch owner and National Finch & Softbill Band Secretary.

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Small, up to 6 inches
Life Expectancy:
7 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: