Scientific Name: The scientific name assigned to cut-throat finches is Amadina fasciata.
Physical Characteristics: Cut-throat finches are small birds, typically reaching a length of around 4.5 inches and weighing approximately 10-14 grams. Their plumage is characterized by a pale, sandy-brown coloration with black flecks throughout. Males possess a distinct red band across their throat, which is more prominent compared to females. They have a black-brown tail, a thick white chin and cheeks, and a chestnut-brown patch on their belly. The legs of cut-throat finches are pinkish-fleshy in color.
Habitat: Cut-throat finches are indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa and are commonly found in grasslands, savannas, and other open habitats. They tend to live in pairs or large flocks and may even associate with other bird species like red-headed finches, cordon bleu waxbills, red-billed quelea, and weavers.
Behavior: Cut-throat finches are playful and curious birds, often displaying entertaining behaviors. They are highly active creatures that thrive on love and attention from their human caretakers. These finches enjoy interacting with both people and other birds, and may even perform tricks or engage in playful pranks to entertain their audience.
Lifespan: When kept in captivity, cut-throat finches generally have a lifespan ranging from 6 to 8 years.