Blue-capped Waxbills I think are more attractive than the Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu.   But that is just personal taste.

Parent-reared Blue-capped Cordon Bleu cock.
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How many names does he have?
  • Blue-headed Cordon-bleu
  • Blue-capped Cordon-bleu
  • Blue-capped Waxbill
  • Blue-headed Waxbill
  • Uraeginthus cyanocephalus
Blue Capped Cordon Bleu cock

For such a willing breeder, relatively few were 'got to the perch' in the UK pre-2007.   Needs are simple but many perish between egg and perch - often abandoned or ejected.

Perhaps they are too simple and breeders had moved on to more challenging ones.

Fortunately several UK breeders took the Blue-capped seriously in 2007.

Numbers bred by the UK WFS are now good -
  • 2007 = 162
  • 2008 = 173
  • 2009 = 234
  • 2010 = 217
  • 2011 = 192

6 chicks
BCs are the ideal introduction to Waxbills and perfect husbandry is for birds to parent rear.

This is definitely the most satisfying but more are needed in the UK to lower prices and to increase availability to introduce more keepers to Waxbills.
Fostering is far less satisfying but it delivers in terms of the number of youngsters reared.

With good Bengalese/ Society Finches, a breeding stud can be easily trebled in a year, even by newcomers to waxbills.

Pluses and minuses of the Blue-capped Cordon-bleu

  • very attractive, moderately sized waxbill
  • quite active/ calm/ not prone to stress/ intelligent
  • easy to care for
  • easy to sex (even at fledging)
  • 1 breeding pair of Cordon-bleu's only per cage/ flight
  • seed sweepers (empty container to find what they want)
  • only very slightly prone to egg binding
  • not always readily fostered by 'poor' Bengalese
  • parent-rearing with wild caught can be problematic

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