Society Finch, Lonchura domestica (Bengalese
Finch) was developed through selective breeding of other finches; including but
not limited to the White-rump (or White-rumped) Mannikin Lonchura, Munia, etc- which means that they do not exist in the wild except in countries like Dubai.... where domesticated birds are released to create 'established wild'.
Since society Finches are not found in the wild; they have reputation for their social nature toward young birds and fellow flock members, regardless of species. Society finches are avid nesters; breeding throughout the year, and often kept as axillary parents if/when you require alternate hands (beaks) to feed young that may have been abandoned by another pair (no matter the species).
*Note: My current Society actually came to me as 'rescues' and severely abused (claiming they would not make it through the night) from a local pet store in USA. So Advanced Nutrition was the only option.... and medication.....
Finch Courtship & Breeding
Societies have no distinguishing characteristics from their female companions unlike the zebra finch, however they display strong personalities: nest building and singing are your best indications. Societies are often overzealous nest builders and will find any crevasse to design into a palace fit for a finch. However these haphazard nests often require ‘fine tuning’ of the female before egg laying commences.
Both male and females will chirp; Females have a 'trill' distance call, im my opinion it sounds similar to a cricket, Males have a more complex song and dance- elongating his body and producing a series of tones.
The male obtains a home- and the female approves of location/ structure, she gracefully will pluck mates feathers to provide the finishing touches before she commences laying one egg every 24 hours, for 4-6 eggs (roughly).
The eggs generally hatch after 13 days, with both parents sharing incubation and rearing duties. The youngsters fledge at around 20 to 25 days old, but continue to be fed by their parents until they are approximately 6-7 weeks of age (somewhat earlier than my zebra finches).
They are prolific breeders and will continue to produce as long as the conditions/diet are sufficient. When requested I will hand raise a society finch as there are clutches available all year in a variety of mutations.
There are a few variations which focus around brown colors; Chocolate, Chestnut, Fawn, Dilute Fawn, Dilute Chestnut (Silver), Black - Brown, Black - Grey, Red - Brown (Fox-Red), Red - Grey, Pearl, Clearwing, Creamino, Greyino, Albino, Crested and any combination of these colors.