The throat area has a pale gray shade, and the sides of its belly have a tint of chestnut. One can even notice many white spots on the sides of its belly. They have red eyes, and their feet are a mixture of orange and yellow. The male has chestnut colored patches on the cheek, unlike the female.
These tiny birds are commonly seen in the dry areas of Australia. They are also spotted in wooded grasslands that are close to water bodies. They are known to inhabit scattered bushes and trees. These birds generally avoid cool, moist areas.
The male does all the primary work of collecting the material needed to build the nest, and is known to pull the leaves of a plant or strings for the same. The female constructs a dome-shaped nest. The male sometimes deposits material such as feathers or other items into the nest.
Generally, the female of this species lays around 3 - 12 eggs. Young ones hatch after a period of two weeks. Offspring may vary in terms of color; they may appear to be completely white or have a light shade of gray. The one prominent factor would be the orange color on the cheeks (this indicates a male Zebra Finch).
They are known for their typical sounds, and the interesting fact remains to be the different songs sung by every male. Their call can be aptly described as a beep, and a variety of tunes are composed with varied levels of these beeps. Males sing at puberty.While mating, males use a high-pitched sound.
Although these birds are popular as pets, they are best observed in the wild. A Zebra Finch would be the happiest in its natural environment.