Does the harvest for wildlife trade
or captive breeding of this species
harm wild populations?
Little Cause for Concern
Long-tailed Fiches were formerly captured for the pet trade; some 80,000 wild birds were trapped from 1974 to 1986. Commercial trapping of finches was banned in Australia in 1987. There is no evidence that wild populations of Long-tailed Finches are currently at risk of extinction in their native range.
Long-tailed Finches breed well in captivity. They have multiple clutches of 5 to 7 eggs per year, so harvesting wild animals for the pet trade is unnecessary.
Only purchase a pet Long-tailed Finch from a reputable breeder or distributor to ensure that you are not buying an illegally wild-caught and/or imported animal. Additionally, ask for proof that your animal was captive-bred; PetWatch strongly recommends only purchasing captive-bred birds to ensure that wild populations can continue to thrive.
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Does the release or escape of this species into
the wild harm the environment and/or economy?
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PetWatch found no evidence that Long-tailed Finches have established wild populations outside their native range.
Make sure that your Long-tailed Finch is always kept inside an enclosure and does not have the opportunity to escape. Never release a pet into the wild.
Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or
being kept as a pet harm individual animals?
Some Cause for Concern
There is no evidence that Long-tailed Finches are mistreated in the legal pet trade. We found no evidence that these birds are being sold illegally.
Long-tailed Finches are very adaptable and usually do well in captivity, but they do not like to be handled. They are more apt to thrive if part of a colony in a large aviary. Long-tailed Finches are inquisitive and may inadvertently provoke aggressive behavior if kept with more dominant species.
When obtaining a Long-tailed Finch, ask for proof that it was captive bred from a reputable breeder with a permit to sell the animal. Given the lack of oversight, animals in the illegal wildlife trade may be mistreated.
Does this animal pose a health risk to native
wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?
Some Cause for Concern
Long-tailed Finches are known to host multiple parasites, including nematodes that can cause infection in humans. Additionally, these finches can be carriers of the following diseases: Chlamydiosis (Psittacosis), Salmonellosis, Campylobacteriosis, New Castles Disease, Allergic Alveolitus, Mycobacteriosis (tuberculosis), Influenza, Giardia, and Cryptosporidiosis.
When purchasing a pet Long-tailed Finch, ask for proof of a clean bill of health. Ask the seller if the animal has been checked by a certified veterinarian and for a list of any medical treatments the animal has received.