Determining the Gender of a Finch?

April 9, 2019

Determining the Gender of White Zebra Finches - two white finches in a cageAre these finches male or female? The beaks both look orange, not red. One has grey markings on wings and brown markings near the folds of each wing near breast. That one also has soft brown markings on its cheeks. The other one is all white and the brown markings on its cheeks are very, very, very faint. Also how old are they? Is there a typical age at which the stores will sell them?


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April 10, 20190 found this helpful

Look closely at the beaks. The male will have a red beak while the female's beak will be orange. You might want to check out this site I'm not sure how you can determine the age of finches that were purchased at a store.

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April 10, 20190 found this helpful

Females chirp. Males can sing.

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November 16, 2016

How do I find out if finches are male or female?


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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

Males are more brightly colored than females and may have more colorful cheeks and more markings.

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July 11, 2010

Can I figure out the sex of my finches by their coloring?

By Terry Bielecki from Wilmington, MA


July 11, 20100 found this helpful

There are several breeds of finches, they all have different coloring. First you will need to determine the breed of your finches. Here is a website that should help.


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July 14, 20100 found this helpful

As in many breeds of birds, male finches are the colorful ones and the females are plain.

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October 17, 2014

I bought 2 zebra finches from Petcity and was wondering if they are boy and girl (male and female). They were in seperate cages when we bought them too btw. In the 2 weeks that we have had them they have laid 10 eggs, lost 4 -now 6 and then recently this week laid another 3, so 9 all together. I am just wondering what is happening because they sit on them and I don't know if they are fertile or not. Any suggestions? How do I tell which one is the male and which one is the female?

By Joseph from WA


December 21, 20140 found this helpful

Dear Joseph, firstly try to see the color of the beak of the two finches. It is the easiest way of determining sex of these birds. The male will have a darker colored beak (more reddish orange) than the female (light orange). Another way is to watch them carefully in daytime as the male will sing and the female will only make short sounds like chirping. Also you have not told in how many days they have laid all the 9 eggs.


They generally lay one egg everyday normally in the morning hours and the hatchling will come out at around 14-16 days after the hatching starts. Even if two females are kept together, they may lay eggs but obviously those will be infertile(will not hatch). So carefully watch your birds and also do not move the cage or physically disturb them as they will not hatch the eggs if you do so. Hope this helps. Bye....

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February 9, 2013

How can I tell if fully feathered baby zebra finch is a boy or a girl?

There are three babies in the nest, one is white with a gray head, one is gray, and the other is cream colored. Is there any chance they could be color mutations?

By hailbop

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