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  • Allow full flight in a well-protected enclosure.
  • Include vegetation or visual barriers (burlap sheets) in the enclosure to provide less dominant birds with an escape area and privacy.
  • Avoid introducing new birds into established collections.
  • Clip the wings or remove particularly aggressive individuals.
  • Feed a fresh, high quality, toxin-free diet formulated specifically for finches.
  • Do not over-supplement the diet with vitamins and minerals.
  • Provide clean, fresh uncontaminated water.
  • Remove and replace food and water containers twice daily to maximize activity in a healthy bird.
  • Provide ultra-violet (UV) light in indoor enclosures.
  • Avoid spraying the house with insecticides.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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