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Lachlan1
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A few years back I use to see a decent amount of these guys floating around. The past couple of years absolutely nothing. Are they still available or on a serious decline?
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Tiaris
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Serious decline in wild & aviaries.
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elferoz777
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Was a guy at the syd sale in December. He had heaps
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Queenslander
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Plenty of feral populations around Townsville, Cairns, Gladstone, and Innisfail . I was in Townsville in June and saw plenty around the mouth of the Ross River and feeding in front yards and on the edge of footpaths in Railway Estate. They like to build their nests in palm tree seed pods.
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Have tried palm tree seed pods as nests in avairys, with moderate sucess.
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Shane Gowland
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They're completely illegal here in SA. Interestingly, when an article on the spice finch went out with the AFF newsletter, I got a rather stern email from the Department of Primary Industry.
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Not aware of the situation in WA - but they do look nice when I have seen them on-line. Shane maybe you need to put a line in all articles, saying Please remember to check the legal situation in your State re the keeping of birds discussed. As an exercise in a covering.
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noah.till
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I smell a breeding program coming on
Better save the Spicies, or otherwise they will go the same way of the Javan Munia
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Noah Till
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elferoz777
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id be in on that. might be one for the wollongong finch club if i can remember to raise it.
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noah.till
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I know 2 people where I can get some from, just another 'little brown job' for me😥
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2018 Australian Birdkeepers Magazine Young Birdkeeper
Javan Munia, Black Rumped Double bar and Aberdeen Breeding Project
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