For such a willing breeder, relatively few were 'got to the perch' in the UK pre-2007. Needs are
simple but many perish between egg and perch - often abandoned or ejected.
Perhaps they are too simple and breeders had moved on to more challenging ones.
Fortunately several UK breeders took the Blue-capped seriously in 2007.
Numbers bred by the UK WFS are now good -
- 2007 = 162
- 2008 = 173
- 2009 = 234
- 2010 = 217
- 2011 = 192
BCs are the ideal introduction to Waxbills and perfect husbandry is for birds to parent
This is definitely the most satisfying but more are needed in the UK to lower prices and to increase
availability to introduce more keepers to Waxbills.
Fostering is far less satisfying but it delivers in terms of the number of youngsters reared.
With good Bengalese/ Society Finches, a breeding stud can be easily trebled in a year, even by newcomers
Fostered youngsters show no signs of imprinting.
Indeed F1's are calm, used to cages and eggfood and seem more willing to breed in smaller quarters than
wild-caught. Wasn't evident in 2009 with F1's but 2010 F2's were good).
Interested in Lavender Waxbills? Housing, feeding and breeding but particularly determining
gender from calls - includes recordings.
Interested in parrot finches? This site covers Pintailed, Blue-faced, Red-headed and Forbes parrot
Are you a member of The Waxbill Finch Society? An excellent Society for advice, booklets and videos.
Live in the UK? Interested in helping wildlife? This site deals with creating
a wildlife-friendly garden.
Birds and snorkelling photography? Both are great fun. Holiday places, info.
on cameras and snorkelling.
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