What are the rarest species in Australian Aviaries

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05 Sep 2019, 19:57

I have the Pintailed as my avatar because it is my dream to see and perhaps have some one day.
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06 Sep 2019, 12:40

Gamekeeper wrote:
05 Sep 2019, 19:57
I have the Pintailed as my avatar because it is my dream to see and perhaps have some one day.
I think they may be making a small comeback, the QFS finch census came back this year and pin tails were on the list
Small numbers though, but it's a good sign
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06 Sep 2019, 12:42

Hopefully the three breeders that keep them (according to the census) breed them so numbers are stable again. I really hope that the parrot finches we know and love today don't become 'hanging by a thread' like the Pintaileds which were once common.
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09 Sep 2019, 18:55

Don't think Pintails where ever common. We struggled to find a diet that they could survive on let alone breed.
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09 Sep 2019, 20:26

So true Weaver,however if you were alive some 60 yrs ago it might have been 5% true. They were never easy to breed or keep dietary wise. That being said neither were RF and to a lesser extent BF back then if you could get them.
Tri colour PF (Tanabars as they were called) are really just a recent arrival in Australia and they were extremely hard to breed but these days are quite easy.
The other one, Peales PF were here also but in very small numbers but the import ban on foreign birds saw the demise of them due to no new blood and even others that came in after that were all cock birds.
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10 Sep 2019, 09:06

Craig52 wrote:
09 Sep 2019, 20:26
So true Weaver,however if you were alive some 60 yrs ago it might have been 5% true. They were never easy to breed or keep dietary wise. That being said neither were RF and to a lesser extent BF back then if you could get them.
Tri colour PF (Tanabars as they were called) are really just a recent arrival in Australia and they were extremely hard to breed but these days are quite easy.
The other one, Peales PF were here also but in very small numbers but the import ban on foreign birds saw the demise of them due to no new blood and even others that came in after that were all cock birds.
I heard about some mob trying to get them going on sprouted rice
The genetic integrity can only get a species so far
Craig, if you don't mind me asking, do the breeders who still have them have trouble with excess cock birds or hen birds?
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10 Sep 2019, 09:59

Not sure Noah but time will tell i suppose. Craig
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10 Sep 2019, 10:57

PARROT FINCHES.jpg
PARROTFINCHES 2.jpg

A couple of pics to make your mouth . . and your eyes . . water

Many of these were 'here' at some stage of the 'game'

We don't seem to get these cyclonic vagrants these days . . :silent:
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10 Sep 2019, 11:02

Very interesting. I wonder how many of those ever existed in aviculture...
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10 Sep 2019, 12:09

The royal parrotfinches, The foreign BFPF's, and the Peales were once here
If only we kept them going, such a shame
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