The Zebra Finch, Taeniopygia guttata (formerly Poephila guttata), is the most common and familiar estrildid finch of Central Australia and ranges over most of the continent, avoiding only the cool moist south and the tropical far north. It also can be found natively in Indonesia and East Timor. The bird has been introduced to Puerto Rico, Portugal, Brazil and the United States
The ground-dwelling Zebra Finch grows to a size of about 10 centimetres (3.9 in) long and usually eats grass seeds and spray millet. This species' vocalizations consist mostly of chattering trills and calls.
... the only way to tell the gender of a Zebra Finch, as sometimes the orange cheek coloring is faded or nonexistent ... These variations are usually due to mixed breeding between finch types somewhere down the family line, especially in pet store birds ... the orange cheeks are a stubborn indication that a young Zebra Finch is indeed a male and the cheeks begin to appear when the young are about two months old ...
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