Finches - Varmints! - 112


Cute, feathery dinosaurs are the topic today on the Varmints! podcast. Come fly away with us and enjoy learning about these tiny tweeters.

But first, the news!

Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers, article courtesy of

In this photo provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, some of the 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers found Saturday, Dec. 8, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport are displayed. Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana had the songbirds in a duffel bag. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
All the finches are okay!

Zebra Finches Dream a Little Dream of Melody, article courtesy of

La la la la, cheep cheeep. Wait, wait, or was it la la la, cheeeeeeeeep?

Canaries: Small Songbirds in the Finch Family, article courtesy of

Domesticated Canaries - Adult feeding juvenile
Feeeeeeeeed meeeeeee!

Angry Birds! See the game at

Don’t mess with tiny cartoon dinos!

Tweety Bird! Article courtesy of

He tawt he taw a puddy tat and he was absolutely cowwect about that.

Darwin’s Finches and Natural Selection in the Galapagos! Article courtesy of

Galapagos finches: comfortable with change.

Galapagos Finch Evolution, video courtesy of YouTube user biointeractive.

Now that’s bird watchin’.

The Vampire Finch! Article courtesy of

I’m a vampire tiny dinosaur!

Now you know a little more about finches than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at! We might even read your email on the show.

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Featured Image “Zebra Finch array (Taeniopygia guttata)” was provided Patrick Kavanagh and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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About our voice actors:
Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live.
Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than.
Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.
Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)
Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.
Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast.
Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,
and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.