Geographical Range Worldwide (in captivity)
Habitat Not found in the wild; kept in zoos and private collections
Scientific Name Lonchura domestica
Conservation Status Common

This bird claims something that no other finch can. It is not a wild species but exists only in captivity. Scientists speculate it may be the result of a cross-breeding in the 1700s, probably in Japan or China, between two wild species of finches, the striated finch and the Indian silverbill. Or it may be the domestic version of the wild striated finch.

Whatever their origin, society finches are interesting little birds. They're known as excellent parents. In fact, because society finches take such good care of their young, they are often used as "foster parents" for rare finch breeds.

The birds come in a variety of shades of cinnamon and browns; both males and females look alike. They feed on millet and other seeds.