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SAVING THE GREEN AVADAVAT
A Pair of Green Avadavat Finches

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We are finch breeders dedicated to saving the Green Avadavat finch from extinction both here in Australian Aviaries and in their native environment.

The species Amandava Formosa known commonly as the Green Avadavat is a small Estrildidae from provinces in Northern India. Categorised in the 1990s by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), the decline in both wild and captive bred populations necessitate urgent remedial action, if we are to save this lovely little bird. Latest data lists fewer than 100 birds in Australian aviaries. Worldwide the picture is not much better. The genetic integrity of the captive bloodlines in Australian aviaries has deteriorated as a result of the low numbers of birds and the inability of breeders to import stock from abroad due to Federal Government restrictions.

It is envisaged that through this programme, supported by The Queensland Finch Society Incorporated, a dedicated group of breeders will communicate, exchange genetic bloodstock, formulate strategies for future development and breeding and maintain a stud book and/or establish a central data bank. Click on the link to Join the group.