AnAge entry for Taeniopygia guttata

Classification (HAGRID: 01568)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Aves (Taxon entry)
            Order: Passeriformes
                Family: Estrildidae
                    Genus: Taeniopygia
Species
Taeniopygia guttata
Common name
Zebra finch

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
12 years
Source
ref. 405
Sample size
Large
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

There have been few detailed studies of ageing in this species. Record longevity appears to be 12 years [0405]. That said, one specimen kept as a pet was at least 14.5 years of age when it died (website feedback), which is a plausible anecdote. Anecdotal reports also suggest these animals exhibit signs of ageing such as decreased activity with age as well as overgrown nails and beak, but more detailed studies are necessary. One study reported neuronal changes with age [0839].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
60 days
Male sexual maturity
60 days
Incubation
Clutch size
(oviparous)
Clutches per year
Weight at hatching
Adult weight
12 g
Postnatal growth rate

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
314ºK or 41.0ºC or 105.8ºF
Basal metabolic rate
Not yet available

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 563276
Animal Diversity Web
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Encyclopaedia of Life
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 59729
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