We acquired a pair of Foreign Finches in 2006, and were told they had just been hatched, and that it was common for these birds to live between 2 – 5 years. the other bird ‘Patch’ died in 2011 and was around 5 years old. However, ‘Pip’ lived on until passing peacefully away on September 9th, 2017 (in our flat in Sutton). He had lived just over ‘twice’ the usual age of a Foreign Finch (also known as an ‘African’ Finch). I took these photographs probably about 6 months before he died to keep a record of his life. His pleasant chirping throughout the day, and overly familiar behaviour with our cat (who only wanted to eat him) kept our spirits lifted even in the darkest of times!