I have never kept Bluebonnets, but have always admired them. They are certainly beautiful birds and so full of character. I have been told by most who do or have kept them that generally the biggest issue that is encountered is the aggression that is often displayed by the cock birds towards their mates in the lead up to and during the breeding season. From all accounts this aggression can become so relentless that it ends in the death of the hen if a careful eye isn't kept on them at this time of year; sometimes removal of the cock bird is the only answer. However, these same breeders have also told me that they are certainly well worth the effort of keeping them, as their beauty and character more than makes up for any negatives.
I haven't seen any Bluebonnets advertised for a while now; are they becoming uncommon in Australian aviaries? I'd love to know their current status here? Are many aviculturists still keeping them and if so, what level of breeding success is being achieved? What is your experience with them in terms of aggression by the cock bird towards the hen and overall as an aviary bird?
Red-vented Bluebonnet pair, hen on right
Yellow-vented Bluebonnet pair, hen on left
Naretha Bluebonnet pair, hen on left