Extreme weather takes its toll on finches, over the past two weeks South Africa has seen temperatures rising as high as 38oC. During these conditions be sure to add moisture to the air via your irrigation system to keep the temperatures to a manageable level.
You can quickly see if your finches are taking strain. This Diamond Sparrow is trying to cool down via a gaping beak. They tend to succumb to exhaustion quite quickly in dry heat.
Luckily the extreme heat has been alleviated by rain of just over 100mm in the past week and temperatures rising moderately to 25 – 28oC.