Gender determinination by call, confirmed by DNA sexing.
Whatever other challenges Lavender Waxbills throw at you, after using this site at least you will know
that you have pairs.
Determing gender of Lavender Waxbills is not difficult. Experts
say it's easy from their calls. They're right. What's the problem then?
Seems we are good at describing colour & smells to each other
but poor at describing complex sounds in writing.
A very good breeder of Lavender Waxbills describes the cock-call as a 'psee-psee'. Listen to the
clips and see whether you agree.
It certainly isn't how I would describe the call.
Other Lavender Waxbill breeders use other descriptions.
Listen to actual clips of the Waxbill's calls on following pages
(thanks to Alice, Di and John for initial cock-call identification)
(Alice is happy with the more elusive hen call as well).
Each bird's gender has since been verified by DNA sexing - 100% right.
How you then describe the cock Lavender call is immaterial. You will have heard it. Descriptions
are then irrelevant.
easy to care for
gender determination (no more)
difficult to breed (for me anyway)
1 - Unpredictability
Why has only 1 of 3 known breeding pairs parent reared once, under the same conditions as the
others. And, why after that, did this pair lay but never even sit out the eggs properly?
2 - Plucking
Can start quite suddenly between even a well bonded pair and can
get very severe with the hen ending up virtually denuded and subject to chill. The advice I was
given was to separate such pairs with wire mesh divider until feathers grow back.
3 - War
A colony of say 10, lives happily together then suddenly one pair decides to nest and all hell breaks
loose. The results are serious unless the aggressive pair isn't isolated immediately.
A very successful UK Lavender finch breeder, Richard Prosser determined gender by careful observation,
who was bobbing to whom. Was it aggressive or friendly? He was obviously very good at
this, (hard to argue against fertile eggs & 30+ chicks in 2006).
4 - The big one - determine gender
1 hour of coaching, mainly on gender determination, and I was still useless.
Three successful breeders have since identified some Lavender Waxbill sound clips so we can all
determine gender by call and its all been verified by DNA testing.
Listen to the calls, see the sound scopes on -
gender and calls/
Interested in Blue-Capped Waxbills? Photos of chick development plua recipe for Paul de Nil's rearing
Interested in parrot finches? This site covers Pintailed, Blue-faced, Red-headed and Forbes parrot
Are you a member of The Waxbill Finch Society? An excellent Society for advice, booklets and videos.
Live in the UK? Interested in helping wildlife? This site deals with creating
a wildlife-friendly garden.
Birds and snorkelling photography? Both are great fun. Holiday places, info.
on cameras and snorkelling.
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