Common Names Red-faced finch, Ruficauda, Rufous-tailed finch
Description Males are easily distinguished from hens by their larger face mask. The males also have a song that they will sing while stretching their neck and fluffing their head feathers, often while carrying a long piece of nesting material (MP3 of the male's song).
Diet For such a small bird, the Star finch really likes big seeds. I found that they scattered most of the small seeds in a standard finch mix, so I offer them a parakeet mix or just White Prosso millet. They are also quick to take egg food (Roy's egg food), greens and soaked Japanese millet, though I rarely feed the latter two. Grit and calcium in the form of crushed egg and oyster shells and cuttlebone should always be available to them. Some references mention live food, especially when they have young in the nest.