Spice Finch


Spice finches are distinctive looking, with beautiful scaling on their chest and underbelly. Spice finches are even tempered and not too demanding, making them a popular pet bird choice. Spice finches are pleasant, social birds that live in small groups in the wild. A group of pet spice finches can be housed with other bird species, provided the other species are not aggressive toward them. They are active and need sufficient space to fly and perch. Although spice finches enjoy the company of their pet bird owners, they are best kept in society finch flocks. Males will sing quietly during courtship, while female spice finches tend to be quieter.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Spice finches should have a well-ventilated, well-lit living space, but they should be kept away from constant drafts, which can cause illness. They should eat a good finch seed mix, along greens, egg food, mealworms, as well as fruits and vegetables. They love swings and enjoy hanging from different things. They also enjoy bathing and should be given the opportunity to do so in a shallow dish of clean water. Spice finches look like they are zooming rather than flying, and because of their high-energy level, they should be housed in a large flight cage or aviary.

Expert Advice

“Spice finches are are nice, quiet birds ideally kept in colonie. Young birds are dusky color and achieve their adult plumage at around 7 months of age.”

Susan Newman, Wind Song Aviary

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
India, Southern Asia, Ceylon and Malaysia
4.75 inches
Life Expectancy:
6 to 8 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: