Called the pet stores and the only thing they have I'm interested in are those wydahs but I don't hear a lot of talk about them on the boards. Otherwise I'm going to have to find a local breeder of gouldians since the stores don't even carry them because they are like $150 but from a breeder they would be like $50.
Hi! I had a paradise whydah, they're beautiful! At least, the males are, the females are just brown. I wouldn't suggest getting them if you're hoping to breed as they are parasitic, in the wild they lay their eggs in green winged patilla nests. It might be possible to foster them under bengalese but I only ever had the one so I don't really know! Anyway, getting to the point... if you're just after something pretty and easy to look after, I'd recommend them!
Check and see if your area has a bird fair during the year. My area has one twice a year and breeders come from several states bringing birds and bird-related items for sale. Numerous breeders there had gouldians. I bought a pair and they produced two clutches for me this past season... as a matter of fact the last clutch left the nest just two days ago. It's been an entrancing experience. The first nest, only one egg hatched ( they didn't sit on the eggs at night until the last minute), but they got it right the 2nd time and 5 of the 6 eggs hatched... beautiful babies!!!
My whydah would moult out into his 'boring' feathers around mid october but he'd grow them back again as soon as spring sprang!! He'd be in full colour for at least 7 months usually. I think a lot depends on the weather and wether or not they have a mate to impress. I presume he'd of kept his feathers even longer if he'd had a girlfriend. I'm no expert, that's just would what seem to make sense!