The Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris) from Southern and Central Asia, is a cousin to the very popular Pekin Robin. Mesias are incredibly hardy, easily able to stand temperatures a few degrees below freezing. The loud voice of the male makes them unsuitable for a cage in the house.
Care and breeding of the Silver-eared Mesia is identical to the Pekin Robin. The two species can be safely housed together when not breeding, but should be housed separately when breeding as the males will become very aggressive towards each other.
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