While male zebra finches generally have bolder black and white markings under their chin, the most reliable sign of zebra finch gender is their beaks; males have red beaks and females have orange beaks. Although they are renowned for their loud rhythmic songs, it is only the male zebra finch who can sing. Males usually pass their song on to their offspring.

Zebra finches make nests in many different locations; from scrub and bushes, to rabbit burrows and gaps in buildings. Zebra finch beaks are specially adapted to remove the husks from seeds, their primary food.

Our zebra finches live in the Aussie Walkabout aviary.