Summer aviary
picture of the summer flight


Nothing particularly special for these waxbills.   They do like space, but then, what doesn't?

Cordon-bleus are much more willing to nest when kept in aviaries or flights


I've had less success in small cages, but I don't like small cages anyway

My pairs are in a variety of cages and flights.   All cages are more flight cages eg below


Flight cage

Temperature and light


Temperature - no lower than 15C (60F), especially important when breeding

Light for at least 12 hours a day (mine is 14)

Full spectrum fluorescent tubes are best, (but have to be replaced annually)


Link to Arcadia for explanation of the benefits of their Bird Lamps/ tubes

These tubes show all 'Blue' Waxbills to perfection.

Ideally, electronic ballast flicker-free battens (~ 20,000cps).


The next page deals with the Paul de Nil's rearing food recipe in - feeding - Blue-capped Waxbills.
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