Many finches do this, especially during
breeding (not that much protein in seeds). Immelmann's 1965 book says (page
2) "During the breeding season nearly all the species take various amounts
of insect food. The insects are taken from the ground or caught in flight and
are swallowed hole. In northern Australia the birds mostly take flying
I am not sure which of the "nearly all the species"
are not included. Certainly he writes for the Masked Finch "At the onset of the
breeding season these finches are almost completely insectivorous." For the
Double-barred Finches he wrote that they "do not appear to take insects on
the wing but that captive birds eat lots of insects during the breeding
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