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Society finch

(Lonchura striata domestica)


Category: Birds



Also known as Bengalese finches, these domesticated cage birds are generally considered to be a domestic form of the striated finch (or white-rumped munia). They like to be close together and will all crowd into one nest if kept in housed in a group. They were most likely first cage-bred in China and then later this practice was brought to Japan. Both countries have been breeding society finches for hundreds of years and many varieties exist.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Passeriformes
Family - Estrildidae
Genus - Lonchura
Species - L. striata

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