It's pretty much a given that anyone who lays eyes upon a fully coloured male Crimson-winged Parrot will wholeheartedly agree that they are nothing short of stunning! I have never kept them, but have always admired them, and they have always been on my list of species that I would like to try my hand at someday.
In the thirty or so years since I first saw them they have always been about, but never what I would describe as overly common in Australian aviaries. For such a beautiful bird this seems surprising, though like many other Aussie natives, they have taken a backseat to many exotic species, and this has especially been the case with the Aussie species of which there are few or no mutations established. Personally, I think this is a shame, as whilst I do love many mutations, I do not consider any to be more beautiful than the wild-type examples - some are as nice, but not more so - and I feel that more emphasis needs to be put on maintaining viable stocks of pure normal wild-type specimens of all species, and native species in particular.
Out of interest, what would you say the captive status of the Crimson-winged Parrot in Australian aviaries is currently? Do you consider them to be among the more difficult species to breed? And what do you feel are the reasons for their seemingly apparent lack of popularity?