Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 21, 2014
My experience with Common Waxbills, also known as St Helenas, was unfortunately short and both birds have now passed away, one from fright during a particularly bad storm and the other through a bad first moult. However I would not hesitate to try again with this species. The first thing to know is they are tiny and if you plan to breed them, remember chicks and fledglings would be even smaller so very careful checks need to be made to prevent escapees. They are active little birds and very affectionate towards each other, often best kept in colonies which was my long-term plan. They are passive with other birds so can be kept in mixed aviaries, although beware of closely related waxbills whom they may cross with. I never really heard much song from them but they were lovely looking birds and seemed to have an undemanding but interesting character. One for the future for me.