Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Zebra finches are widely domesticated around the world. They can be tamed from a young age and become familiar with humans, sometimes even eating directly from the hand. Zebra finches are desired for their sociable behavior, beautiful songs, and colorful markings. Zebra finches are also important model organisms for studying pair bonds, mate choice, and the complex song structures of birds. They are also desirable study organisms because of their rapid and reliable breeding.
Positive Impacts: pet trade ; research and education
- Crook, J. 1970. Social Behaviour in Birds and Mammals. New York: Academic Press Inc.