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Silver Bill Finch

Ideal for children 14 & up Makes soothing sounds Lives approximately 5 years Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price below for this pet. Ask a store associate for details.
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4 of 4(100%)customers recommend this product.
Reviews for Silver Bill Finch
Review 1 for Silver Bill Finch
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5 / 5
5 / 5 4 reviews

silver bill finches have the most delightful song

June 29, 2012
by conniegirl
frompa
What is your gender?F
How many pets do you have?3
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Monthly
Highly recommend these sweet little finches. They mix well with society finches. Their song is very sweet and soothing. They sound like canaries. My conure in a separate cage loves to watch the finches.
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Review 2 for Silver Bill Finch
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5 / 5
5 / 5 4 reviews

Don't overlook this classy, sweet little charmer

January 2, 2012
by birdpond
fromAtlanta area
What is your gender?F
How many pets do you have?5 or more
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Weekly
For someone wanting a friendly little finch who is always well-dressed in classy earth-tones, the African Silverbill is the bird you want.
Dainty and confiding, his pretty little song is very quiet but still carries lightly through the house sounding like little bells and muted whistles. No harsh screeches, buzzes or monotonous beeping here! The contact call is a little 'click/peep' sound, and the only louder sound is a worried call if separated from his mate.
Although they are gentle in mixed company, I find a dedicated aviary or cage more enjoyable. Keep them with other silverbills exclusively so they can interact, preen and sing to each other, and their subtle, well-tailored appearance can be best appreciated.
A few years ago PetSmart and other shops carried Strawberry Finches and other desirable species but import laws and legislation changes can alter things overnight, and one day a bird that was in every pet store is suddenly lost to the fancier, like the Strawberry. Trying to find those now takes quite a bit of work!
This could happen with the Silverbill finch - even though they are one of the easy breeders, it's worth establishing more captive lines in preparation for the day imports cease. Lately they have been available and inexpensive - which is dangerous! Treat them like the gems they are - Let's get that genetic diversity going so even if imports stop tomorrow we can enjoy these delightful little sprites.
So if you're looking for a terrific house bird and possible breeding project (even for beginning aviculturists), the African Silverbill finch can't be more highly recommended.
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Review 3 for Silver Bill Finch
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5 / 5
5 / 5 4 reviews

Very "zen" little birds

March 22, 2011
by Cathie
fromChicago
What is your gender?F
How many pets do you have?5 or more
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Weekly
I love the silver finches. I have two and a diamond dove in the same cage - that was how they were together at Petsmart. The finches have the softest, pretty song. Vey low in volume but very pretty. I call that cage my zen cage b/c all the inhabitants are so laid-back compared to my canaries and other finches.
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Review 4 for Silver Bill Finch
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5 4 reviews

special, quiet charmers

July 15, 2010
by TomG4
fromPhoenix, AZ
What is your gender?M
How many pets do you have?4
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Weekly
Because they are socially subordinate to many other finches, silverbills aren't as active, don't sing as much, and don't display their interesting social behavior as much when mixed with other birds. They show their quiet charm best when in a small group of their own species in a large flight cage or small aviary. They are gentle, have very sweet songs, and are curious about people. Be sure to feed them a quality seed mix with greens (Ecotrition is very good) and (preferably) add some insectile mix and Lafeber's finch food for a balanced diet. Scraping some cuttlebone into their food dish will help to ensure that they get enough calcium. A group will sleep in a nest together, so get a large finch nest for their home and provide some nesting material. Eye contact is important to them: speak softly to them and make eye contact, and they will soon become used to you. My silverbills hop right down and wait for me to replace their food dishes every morning. They also love to climb, so provide plenty of natural branches for perches. With a good, balanced diet, room to exercise, and daily attention, they will be wonderful, gentle little friends for years. Their delightful voices will richly reward your care.
Pros: wonderful voices, gentle personalities
Cons: shy around many other birds
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