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5 months 3 weeks ago #1850 by James McKay
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Hi Chris,  a lot  of people that have softbills do not freely let the  general public knew they have them , for a number of reasons especially the rarer species, but there are rarities out there although they can be hard to find, but unfortunately a certain price has to be paid. Things change, you can get Sunbird Pairs now, for years it was only Cock birds that were available.  We still live in hope. James.  

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5 months 3 weeks ago #1851 by Colin Gale
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A part of that was that some softbill keepers were more interested in the show bench than in Breeding and only cocks were imported because there was only a limited market for hens

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5 months 3 weeks ago #1852 by James McKay
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Hi Colin,  I would say  it was more lmporters  wanting to sell bright coloured cock birds rather than drab coloured hens. You cannot blame it all on the show side of  bird keeping, if hens were not available one could not breed. People who did not show tended to use showing as a scapegoat I am afraid. Showing birds to top condition, steadiness and staging is an art in itself, a lot have tried and failed. Top show exhibitors only show birds that are happy to be in a show cage unfortunately there are some who literally take birds from the aviary straight into a show cage, this gives bird keeping in general a rather bad name.   James.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #1854 by Colin Gale
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yes but the converse of that is that there are those who want to buy but not breed attractive birds . The classic being the time I arranged to collect a hen Blue Necked Tanager from a Breeder @ Stafford and when I went to pick her up a woman near the table got quite narky because she had not seen her & thought her attractive enough to buy

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5 months 3 weeks ago #1855 by James McKay
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Hi Colin, you cannot possibly take a few incidents and presume  all people who exhibit have that attitude. Taking the negative side is not good or healthy for bird keeping. I think you missed the point in my example on Sunbirds, the fact that we can now get pairs for breeding considering the problems with availability is a plus. I know of fanciers who have recently bred  Green headed Sunbirds, Red legged  and  Yellow legged Honeycreepers to mention a few nectar feeders. So the past is past, it is gone, let’s look froward and see what can be achieved. James

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5 months 3 weeks ago #1856 by James McKay
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Hi Chris,  back to the topic subject. I know there is a pair of Green Broadbills up herein Scotland and a few other Species scattered about the UK. If you want a particular species they can be found, maybe take time and patience though.. James.

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