Society finches are a hybrid developed in China
in the 1700s. They were never found in the wild. They come in a
variety of colors. This is the most domesticated of all finches
and so is often used to foster chicks of more difficult species.
The society finch is sexually monomorphic meaning both the male
and female look the same. The only way to visually sex them is to
hear the male sing. The society finch will sleep in the nest even
when not breeding. It is not unusual for 8 to 10 society finches
to all sleep in the same nest. They also will sit on other birds
eggs and find the other birds young. Society finches help to reduce
stress on the other birds when raising young. They get along well
with other finches.