At Christmas time, after many visits to our new local pet shop and repeatedly nagging my husband we acquired two lovely little Zebra Finches. I was delighted with them and spent lots of time in the dining room where they were housed watching them and listening to their delightful chirps. Their names, Annie and Albert, Bertie for short.
They have a good sized cage and but after a few escapes during clearing and one where the cat knocked the cage over, I realised that once out they would return when hungry. So they get to have a fly around every now and again and it helps to clean the cage.
We unfortunately lost Annie a couple of weeks ago and are unsure why, she went down hill in 24 hours. As they are very sociable little birds with their own kind, not so much with humans, we did replace her with Bella fairly quickly because Bertie was definitely very lonely. His excitement in meeting Bella when she arrived was quite obvious, the chattering and fluttering as he began to show off to her was wonderful.
They are real little characters and distinctly different in personality, Annie was a slightly anxious little thing but Bella is not like that at all and keeps Bertie in line and is not so taken with his preening and dandy behaviour. The female, as is often the case with birds, is the less marked or decorative where as the male has more colourful markings his oranged cheeks being the most distinct way of identifying them.
When they are out of their cage they have taken to perching up in the chandelier, which makes for a bit of a funny sight.