I keep wandering over to look at the finches when I shop for fish supplies and go frequently as I have many tanks. I'm not sure if I really want to buy a few finches or not. I'm confident I can provide proper food/housing but what I want to know about is the character of finches. In the pet shops they are busy and entertaining and occasionally I've heard some singing pleasantly. I would like that very much, but want a variety that doesnt panic everytime you need to clean their cage or feed them. This summer for example I saved a blue jay that had been hit by a car and his wing broken. It took about 5 weeks for him to heal enough to fly off, but it was very stressful for him to have people near his cage. I'd like my birds to be happy. The choices at my local petstore are cordon blu, society, zebra, strawberry, and something like cutthroat? Anyways, I won't feel challenged by what kind of environmental care they need as in beginner hardy types, I just like calmer types that are happy in a domestic situation.