I have kept finches since I was thirteen years old (I'm 46 now) and during that time, I guess I tried almost ever type of readily available finch, and some hard to get ones too. There would be little point to list all of them, but I have kept many species of waxbills, manakins, twinspots, parrot finches, frankly, a slough of species. I can remember as a teenager in the early 1970's being able to by Pintail Parrot finches for about $5 US dollars each (naturally they were imported birds) and the list of exotics at similar prices was almost endless, even Lavendars and Cordon Bleus were only about $4-6 each. Those days will never be seen again in this country. During those years I kept almost everything that became available, if I could afford it. I also realized after having kept and rarely bred these wild caught birds, that my interest in finches was breeding them and not merely keeping them. [Frankly I'll admit I don't like challenges to much when it comes to wild caught birds, and over the years I have developed a great distaste towards the industry that promotes catching birds in the wild. I know many will disagree on this point. But it would not bother me at all if no more wild birds were allowed to be caught.]

Thankfully we do have many of these birds being breed in our American aviaries, although, still too few to meet the demand of hobbiest. However, my preference, is for birds that have a reputation for breeding well in captivity. And during my years of keeping so many types, I have refined my list to a realtively small number of birds that I enjoy breeding and know with some certainty that they will breed easily. I do not keep any waxbills any longer. They are colorful, appealing birds but most are not free breeding birds and I have no interest in them.


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