Zebra finches are the trend setters of Western Australia, following a boom and bust breeding cycle to take advantage of rain rather than iron ore.
Unlike the ‘youth of today’, Zebra Finch nippers are out of the house at 35 days of age (days that is not years Gen Y), and are soon having families of their own.
These little beauties were freely flying in and around the Armadale Reptile Park when I was there last year.
From his chestnut cheek patches you can see this is a male.
These finches are like many modern (heterosexual, stereotypical) couples.
She’ll pick the property, he’ll run up to Bunnings to get the building
material, then she’ll make decisions about how the nest should look. They both look after the eggs and the bubs when they come along, but let’s face it, 35 days…
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)