Why Do Finches Fight? 7 Things You Should Know

I’ve had a pet finch for over fifteen years since I was a child, and it’s safe to say that I know them pretty well. But no matter how long you spend with your finch, they may always surprise you. One day, out of nowhere, my finch suddenly started attacking other birds in its cage. This kind of aggression was unlike anything I’d seen before from my pet. Unfortunately, it turns out that this behavior is not uncommon among finches. So for those interested in learning about why this happens or what to do about it if it does happen, read on!

Why Do Finches Fight?

Finches are social birds and need companionship. However, finches are territorial and will fight to protect their territory. Finches fight to establish dominance, pecking order, hierarchy, or even just because they feel it’s necessary due to overcrowding or new birds being added to the environment.

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Suppose you’ve ever brought a new bird into your finch’s territory and watched them go at each other. In that case, you know it can’t be because of jealousy or the desire to have more friends. So what is it that makes these little birds turn on each other when they’ve been getting along just fine before?

The answer lies in their territorial nature. When a new bird enters an occupied territory, the resident finches will perceive this as a threat to their home and will defend it by attacking. They may also fight to establish dominance within the flock or pecking order among males within their community—some of the other reasons that finches keep on fighting maybe. 

  • Adding new finches to an existing flock is another common cause of fighting.

As the new bird(s) become the subordinate finches in the hierarchy and so may be attacked by dominant birds so that they establish themselves better within their new surroundings.

  • Finches are territorial and will fight to protect their territory.

The answer lies in their territorial nature. When a new bird enters an occupied territory, the resident finches will perceive this as a threat to their home and will defend it by attacking.

  • Finches will fight to establish a hierarchy.

If you’re keeping a matching sex pair or sets of finches, eliminate any homes from their enclosure. They will frequently battle about whichever one they see as in prime position. It’s ideal to try not to put settles out and out, except if you need a blended sex pair to raise, as the presence of homes will probably set off a regional way of behaving. Assuming you’re keeping various matches in a similar enclosure and you truly do need them to lay, ensure you introduce a bigger number of homes than matches to lessen the opportunity for them to battle about them.

  • Nest Practices

Not exclusively will your finches be despondent living in too little an enclosure. It likewise may make them battle with each other as they cannot stake out an area for themselves. To avoid your finches getting in one another’s space, ensure you keep a solitary pair in an aviary that is no less than 24 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 18 inches high. On the off chance that you’re anticipating holding three sets together, their enclosure ought to be at least 60 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 20 inches high.

  • Perching Problems

Roosts are another thing that can motivate regional battling between finches. Limit the gamble of them quarreling about a specific roost by putting a few on various dividers of the enclosure and multiple levels. It’s ideal to have a couple more roosts than you have finches. On the off chance that your birds are pushing each other off roosts during their battles, putting garments pins on the roosts, approximately six inches separated, can assist with laying out limits and stopping conflicts.

  • Finches will fight due to overcrowding.

Overcrowding can lead to fights because if too many birds are in one cage, they may start fighting over food, water, and territory.

So add a bigger cage in order to add new members.

  • Finches will fight to establish dominance.

If you have two males in one cage, they will fight over the dominant male, who gets priority over the females.

In some cases where you have finches of different colors and sizes, like red-eyed violet finches or white-winged parakeets, one bird can attack another when it has mated with another bird that it thinks looks like itself but isn’t related. This is known as “mimicry” and can occur in many species,, including humans!

 First, let me say that finches are not a good pet for children. They need to be handled gently and carefully and are very fragile.

If you have two male finches, they will fight all the time. This is normal behavior for this species. The best thing to do is keep them separate in different cages, or even better separate rooms in your house so that they do not come into contact with each other. The less exposure, the better!

If you have two female finches, they will try to build a nest together and lay eggs. This is also normal behavior for this species. However, because both birds are females, there is no chance of offspring being produced because no father is present in the nest (the male bird does not incubate his eggs or help raise young).

If you have one male and one female finch together, this can work out very well if you provide them with a nest box where both birds can lay their eggs in peace without fighting over who gets it first!

Why Do Male And Female Finches Fight?

 Male and female finches are very territorial birds. They do not tolerate other birds of the same species in their territory. Therefore, the male bird chases away intruders from his territory, including other males.

The female bird is also very protective of her nest. She will chase away any intruders that come too close to her nest. If a male finch enters her territory, she may attack and injure him badly. A female finch may also attack another female who comes near her nest.

The male finch uses his beak to fight with other males or females of the same species. He may chase away intruders or even peck them with his sharp beak.

 The male and female finch are monogamous. The female lays the eggs and takes care of them while the male feeds her. The male will also protect her from danger while incubating and caring for the young.

The male finch will fight with other males to defend his territory and mate with the female. Finches are very territorial and will fight over food or the environment. This is why many times you will see two or three males together in a cage or aviary because they don’t want other males around their territory where they can mate with the female.

In general, the males are larger than females, so they may be able to defend their territory better by simply chasing off other birds who come near. They can also use their larger size to intimidate other birds into leaving their environment alone.

If you have two male finches in your cage or aviary, they may start fighting over who gets to mate with a certain female if there is more than one male around her at a time. They will sometimes even kill each other over this matter if neither one backs down from defending his right to mate with her!


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Why Is My Male Finch Attacking The Female?

When a male finch sees a female with whom he wants to mate, his testosterone levels rise significantly. This causes him to become very aggressive toward other males because he needs them out of the way before he can mate with a female. But there are no females around right now, so he’s just fighting for practice!

Emotions can run high on a finch. These birds constantly vied for social position, a mate, and territory. Nothing makes a male finch more aggressive than seeing a female finch he thinks would make a suitable mate. We recommend placing your birds with an established flock if they’re not getting along!

Like testosterone in people, a male finch’s testosterone levels are responsible for making him aggressive toward others.

What To Do When Finches Fight?

Once you have separated your finches, ensuring they can still see each other is important. If you cannot separate your finches, then place them in different rooms so that they can see each other but will not be able to fight.

  • Remove toys or items that may cause a fight (like mirrors).
  • If the birds are fighting over food, feed them separately and add more perches to the cage and more food to the cell.
  • Try adding more space between their cages; this will give them less reason to fight or act aggressively towards one another.
  • Create a barrier between both cages so they cannot see one another at all times; this will also help prevent injuries from flying into walls/windows if there was no barrier before!

What Can I Do To Stop My Male Finch From Attacking My Female Finch?


Male finches will fight over territory, food, and mates. This is normal behavior for this species of bird.

What can you do to stop the fighting? If you have only one cage for your birds, then the best thing you can do is separate them from each other during feeding time. This way, they won’t have any reason to fight over food or territory. If you have two cages and can move your male into one while keeping your female in the other cage, this will also help reduce his tendency to attack her.

There are also some things you can try if you want to get them back together again — but be warned that these things may not work right away and may take some time before they start working!

You first want to change their environment so that it isn’t causing stress by adding different types of toys, perches, or objects.

While it is impossible to stop fights completely, there are things you can do to try and reduce the number of fighting incidents and calm a single or pair of birds.

  • Make sure the cage is large enough. Generally, a bird’s cage should be approximately 2 square feet per single bird and 4 square feet for two birds.
  • Provide enough perches in the cage and ensure they are placed, so each finch has its territory. These may be tree branches or horizontal bars, depending on your finch species.
  • Make sure there is an appropriate amount of food and water in each dish; it should be changed daily if necessary. If overcrowding is an issue, increase the number of words accordingly so that there isn’t too much competition between your birds over resources such as seeds or water droplets (which can lead to aggression).
  • Ventilation helps prevent excessive humidity build-up in finch enclosures during summer when temperatures rise; also, consider whether a fan would help keep air flowing inside their cages year-round when needed!


The main reason they fight is because of insufficient space in the birdhouse. They do not fight from pure lust for blood like some myth would have you believe. Finches are very sensitive to overcrowding and will fight for dominance of the cage. Suppose a new finch is introduced into a group of finches that already live in the same cell. In that case, a brawl for supremacy may also arise.

The great thing about these birds is that they do not need a lot of space to be happy- making them the best pets for anyone living in an apartment and for families with other pets. In addition, they are relatively easy to take care of- besides providing them with clean water and food, all you have to do is ensure that their cage is always kept clean. This way, your finches will be healthy all the time.