Visiting Auckland, New Zealand? Habitat Tours
- the best bird-watching I've ever had. Was only 3 metres from a wild Kiwi!
Four species are now covered, with help from well-known UK Parrotfinch (and Waxbill) breeder Graham Lee.
Breeding Blue-faced Parrot Finches, Red-headed Parrot Finches and Tricolor or Forbes Parrot Finches is relatively
Pin-tailed Parrot Finches may be less easy but they are not difficult. Availability
of young birds in the UK is more the problem.
A free breeding Parrot Finch. Perhaps the best for those just starting with Parrot Finches.
A robust, easy- to- care- for bird (with a nice little song), which is freely available in the UK.
Not suited to colony breeding, unlike the Pin-tailed Parrot Finch.
However, unlike several other parrotfinches, it is
a good parent-rearing bird.
Certainly not the most visually commanding of Parrot Finches, except in sunlight.
To my eye, a very attractive mutation is the black-eyed yellow (not to be confused with the Lutino and
its eyesight problems).
A stunning, albeit nervous and quite shy, Parrot Finch. Not a species for the beginner and now difficult to
A very rewarding Parrot Finch, particularly as it seems to be a very willing colony breeder when conditions
are to its liking.
There is a naturally occurring yellow-bellied colour variant.
Although much skill must go into producing
mutations, I have not seen any which compete with the natural form for
colour and sheer beauty.
Many foster-rear as parent-rearing can be challenging with some birds.
A major frustration with these birds is their unwillingness to try new, or different, foods. This leads to problems with some to parent rear.
Definitely a very characterful, active, engaging and attractive Parrot Finch. You will fall for this
bird. Another which suits newcomers to Parrot Finches.
It is willing to breed, robust and lively.
Ideally bred as single pairs but with space and cover more than one pair will breed.
Not as readily available in the UK as the Blue-faced, which is surprising given that it is easy to care
for and to breed.
Parent-rearing is fine with this species.
It is quite easy to sex as the male alone emits his pitiful excuse for a song.
The Sea-green is an attractive mutation but does it really vie with the normal Reds?
My personnal attitude to 'spotty' mutations generally is probably clear already.
The exception to the rule. This link
a beautiful sea-green mutation.
Interested in Blue capped waxbills? Beautiful, easy to care for and breed. Details on
Interested in Lavender Waxbills? Housing, feeding and breeding but particularly determining
gender from calls - includes recordings.
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.