What is Happening With Violet Eared Waxbills in Australia

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09 Aug 2019, 12:47

G'day
Its been on my mind for a while now, and I have really been wondering about Violet ears in Australia
There are a lot of stories I have been told, and I have heard they are in very low numbers, even though there is pretty well NO literature written on them in our aviaries.
I have heard also that a lot of them are being fostered under Bengalese and others alike
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09 Aug 2019, 12:59

Aviculture hub just made a new article on it. aviculturehub.com.au
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10 Aug 2019, 09:39

Sadly Violet Ears have gone, i don't think there should be any discussion on this waxbill in Australia. Purple Grenadier waxbills are just holding on but without new blood they might be doomed as well. imo
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10 Aug 2019, 10:34

Violet-ears were around in the 1990s and were being bred well by at least one breeder at that time but I haven't seen or heard of anything of them except the odd old bird since about 15 years ago.
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10 Aug 2019, 11:15

You would be surprised whats out there well away from prying eyes and loose lips
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10 Aug 2019, 18:19

I sincerely hope that there are some in the quite corners where few go.
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12 Aug 2019, 09:13

Thanks for the responses everyone, at least now I now whats happening with these little long gone gems
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12 Aug 2019, 09:17

Not nessecarily Violet-Eared Waxbills, but in issue 42 of the now decrepit finches and softbills magazine (released in 2015), NZ breeders Iris and Kevin Fosters still have Pintailed Parrotfinches and Dzybowskis Twinspots...
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