Diet of the Zebra Finch

Diet of the Zebra Finch

The zebra finch is a really popular exotic bird, probably thanks to its sweet appearance and how easy it is to look after. Still, caring for this pretty bird is not at all that simple; they require a balanced diet beyond merely eating birdseed. A zebra finch's diet should be much more complete in order for it to show off a radiant plumage and a positive attitude.

In this AnimalWised article we will go over all areas of diet of the zebra finch so that you know exactly what it needs to have a long and happy life by your side. Keep reading!

What seeds are good for zebra finches?

To begin with our discussion of the zebra finch's diet, it's fundamental take a look at the seeds which it should eat:

  • Birdseed (Canary grass)
  • Rapeseed
  • Niger seed
  • Linseed (Flax)
  • Millet (common/white or Japanese)
  • Oats
  • Hemp seed
  • Perilla seeds

The seed portions should be measured out to provide the correct amount of protein, fiber, fat, and other nutrients. Prepared foods for birds already contain an assortment of seeds, and all you need to do is empty them into their feeders. If you use ready-made mixtures, make sure you get hold of high quality food for your zebra finch.

What fruits and vegetables are good for zebra finches?

Fruit and vegetables are crucial in the zebra finch's diet. Essential vitamins are extracted from these natural foods, which also provide extra hydration, fiber and other nutrients.

Not all zebra finches like the same fruits and vegetables, although they usually love the following:

  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Corn salad
  • Basil
  • Cucumber
  • Chard
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Dandelions
  • Soybean sprout
  • Wheatgrass
  • Orange
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Kiwi
  • Tangerine
  • Strawberry

We've not included lettuce because its high water content can lead to diarrhea if given regularly. Vary the vegetables, and see which one your zebra finch likes the best!

Learn more about the best fruits and vegetables for zebra finches here.

Extra calcium for your zebra finch

You should always pay attention to your zebra finch's calcium requirements, but especially so during breeding season. Make sure your pet bird always has a source of calcium within its reach.

Calcium for birds is available in many different forms, some of better quality than others. Cuttlefish bone is undoubtedly the most recommended way to fulfill this requirement, since birds love it and it provides them with all they need.


A fun way to enrich a pet zebra finch's diet is to put branches in its cage. The best option, and the one that these birds prefer, is the millet branch. However, you'll surely find a wide range of options in pet shops.

Image: Pajarosleo

Should you give vitamins to your zebra finch?

Finally, to end this discussion on enriching the diet of your zebra finch, it is essential to talk about vitamins. You won't have any problems in finding different types of vitamins, each of which has different functions in any pet store.

The provision of vitamin supplements usually works wonders for birds who are depressed, growing or recovering from an illness. You should consult a professional before giving them to your zebra finch.

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