Finches are passerine birds, also referred to as songbirds, that are commonly kept as pets. There are both advantages and disadvantages to choosing a pet finch. These birds are beautiful, inexpensive and social without requiring a great deal of human interaction. The main disadvantage of owning a finch is that these birds typically prefer the company of other birds and do not become completely tame, even when living with an attentive human owner. Unless a person is willing to have more than one pet bird, a finch might not be the best choice.
One of the greatest advantages of owning a pet finch is that these birds are enjoyable to watch. Finches are beautiful, small birds that will spend much of their time perching and flitting about their cage. While finches are not loud birds, they will sing and chirp, especially when approached. Their interesting, active nature makes them a popular choice for people who enjoy exotic pets.
Finches are also inexpensive and available at many pet stores. While purchasing a pet finch, the largest expense will be the cage and accessories. After that initial expense, most pet owners will find that finches are fairly low maintenance. Most necessary items like food, filtered water and toys can be found at very reasonable prices. When compared to some other small pets, finches are very affordable to care for.
Another advantage is that finches do not require a lot of human interaction. While finches are social, they do not need constant attention. Busy individuals who want a pet but might not have time for a high-maintenance animal like a dog might enjoy owning a pet finch. As long as these birds have food, clean water and a sanitary environment they will be able to entertain themselves.
While their independent nature can be beneficial, some pet owners also find it to be a disadvantage. Before purchasing a pet finch, it is important to understand that finches do not usually become tame. They will not become affectionate or want to be held by their owner. Finches greet their owners with vocalizations instead of physical affection. People who want affectionate exotic pets might need to reconsider their decision to purchase a finch.
To satisfy their social nature, finches also must be kept in pairs or larger groups. People who want a single pet bird might consider this a disadvantage. If a person is unwilling to care for two or more birds, he or she might want to begin exploring other species that enjoy living alone.