Lavender Waxbill
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  • Scientific Name:  Estrilda caerulescens
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin: Yes
  • Origin / Distribution:  Tropical Central and Western Africa
  • Habitat In Wild:  Semi arid areas.  Inhabits farmland and urban areas.
  • Status In Wild: ?
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Rare
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  About 12 months
  • Adult plumage: attained at about 2 - 3 months
  • Best breeding years (estimate): 2nd - 5th year
  • Lifespan (estimate):  About 7 - 8 years
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Mutations: None
  • Availability: Rare. Specialist breeders only.
  • Temperament: One pair per aviary.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $2500
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx. 100 - 120 mm (or approx. 4 - 4.5 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. 9 - 10 gms (or approx. 1/3 oz)
Aviary Notes:

Read notes on "Finches - Non Australian" web page and use in conjunction with details outlined on this page.

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws" web page.

Housing Requirements: Click on "Housing birds" web page for general details on the housing of Non Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.

May be kept with other finches but with their rarity in Australian aviaries it would be best to give each pair an aviary of their own.  If lucky enough to have multiple pairs it is best not to house them in side by side aviaries so as to avoid possible through the wire aggression from the other pair.

They are a tropical bird and do not like cold temperatures.  They do well in a well planted aviary.  Dense shrubs are ideal.

Can be bred indoors in a suitably large cage.

Diet / Feeding: Click on "Feeding birds" web page for general details on the nutrition of  Non Australian Finches or read on for specific details for this finch.

Good quality finch mix and seeding grasses.  Live food is essential especially at breeding season.  Small mealworms are commonly used.  Sprouted or soaked seed if available.

Basic seed mix should include Canary seed, White French Millet, Japanese Millet, and Yellow and Red Panicum.

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:
  • Nesting receptacles:  They will build a domed nest in shrubs or dry brush such as tea tree, but may use artificial nests such as half open nest boxes.  In artificial nests the birds will make the nest dark by partially enclosing the nest front leaving an entrance of about 40 mm.
  • Nest:  Dome shaped made from grasses and has an entrance tunnel.
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

The nest is usually built high in the aviary.  Tall shrubs should be trimmed so the birds do not nest too close to a potentially hot roof.  Parent birds generally reuse the nest for subsequent clutches.  Adequate new nest material must be available for the birds to refurbish the old nest for the next clutch.

More details on finch nests and a selection of finch nest photos can be located on the "nests", "finch nests" and "finch nest photos" web pages.  Click on "Up" then "nests" then "finch nests" and "finch nests photos" in the navigation bars.  

Breeding: Egg Colour White.  Clutch/s per year 2 - 3.  Eggs per nest  4 - 5.  Incubation approx. 12 - 14 days.  Fledge approx. 2 - 3 weeks.  Independent approx. another 2 - 3 weeks.

The young may return to the nest for a short time after fledging.

Parents are intolerant of nest inspections.  Young should be removed from the parent birds as soon as they are fully independent so as to avoid possible aggression from a parent.

Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.  Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.

Health Issues:  Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer above option - "Avian Health Issues" web page.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace.  Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture
  • A/A Vol 21 No. 12 Dec 1967 Page160-168 (Inc colour plate).
  • A/A Vol 15 No. 9 Sept 1961 Page 122.
  • The Bulletin No 4, Nov 1942 Page 1 (The breeding of finches - conclusion).
  • Australian Birdkeeper

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