The Book of Zechariah introduces him as the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo (Zechariah 1:1). The Book of Ezra names Zechariah as the son of Iddo (Ezra 5:1 and Ezra 6:14), but it is likely that Berechiah was Zechariah's father, and Iddo was his grandfather.
His prophetical career probably began in the second year of Darius the Great, king of the Achaemenid Empire (520 BC). His greatest concern appears to have been with the building of the Second Temple.
On the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar, his feast day is February 8. He is commemorated in the calendar of saints of the Armenian Apostolic Church on the Tuesday after the fifth Sunday of Pentecost and, with the other Minor Prophets, on July 31. The Roman Catholic Church honors him with a feast day assigned to September 6.
most identify this figure with the Zechariah of 2 Chron. 24:20-25, who was killed in the temple court