• Colour inheritance in the Gouldian Finch: A breeder’s guide – Article by Gustav Schellack With photographs courtesy of Marek Buranský

    Introduction The Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae) is a truly remarkable avicultural subject. It is viewed by many enthusiasts as one of the icons of modern-day aviculture, and its breathtaking beauty and stunning polymorphism (see head colour inheritance) has made it a firm favourite with bird keepers the world over. The Gouldian Finch has been known […]
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  • Treating Gizzard Worms and Tapeworms in Finches

    Photo by: Roy Beckham
      Panacur 25” (was Panacur 2.5) is a worm drench that was originally made by Hoechst, which is now Coopers Animal Health, a division of Intervet Australia P/L. The active ingredient is Fenbendazole, at 25 gms/litre strength. “Panacur 25” is marketed mainly for sheep, and is sold in one litre containers. Panacur is still my […]
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  • The Reeve’s Pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii)

    The Reeve’s Pheasant is a beautiful large pheasant which is endemic to China. Although it may not boast the blues and greens we may see in other pheasants, it still has to be one of the most eyecatching and beautiful pheasants around today. They occur naturally in the evergreen forests of central China and northern […]
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  • Lineolated Parakeets (Bolborhynchus lineola lineola)

    The Lineolated Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola lineola) is a parrot 16 to 17cm long with an average weight of 50g. This is a bird whose dominant colour is green, decorated by black mottles. It is found in southern parts of Mexico, in all the states in Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and they can be found […]
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  • The Owl Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) – article compiled by: Avizandum

    An Owl Finch
      These beautiful Australian finches, which are also commonly referred to as Bicheno Finches, are fairly common in South African aviaries and are a popular finch for many reasons. The Owl Finch’s native habitat is Australia, particularly the woodlands, grasslands, and scrublands, though they can be found in city parks as well. They travel in […]
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  • Agapornis pullaria. By Henk de Jonge

    Agapornis Pullaria
    In January 2010, I was offered a couple of wild caught Agapornis pullaria. Before purchasing the birds I quickly did some research in Dirk van den Abeele’s book. He states that of the wild caught pullarias usually up to 95% die. This is according to the experience of breeders/fanciers who have wild caught, imported pullarias. […]
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  • Ruppell’s Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii)

    Ruppells Parrot
    By Dries Louw The Rüppell’s Parrot is endemic to northern-western Namibia and south-western Angola. It is usually found in dry woodland where it utilizes the tall trees along the dry river-beds. It is apparently dependent on large trees such as baobabs etc. in its distribution area where it occurs in small flocks. Because of the […]
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  • Mini Macaws

    Illiger's Macaws
    Being smaller and some species easer to breed, they are much more affordable for the hobbyist. Be warned, however, they may be smaller than the large macaws but they still have very loud voices! As in the article on the larger macaws I am only going to deal with the four species and subspecies that […]
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  • HYACINTH MACAWS (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

    Hyacinth Macaws
    By David Dennison Some of our new readers have asked for information on the Hyacinth Macaw. One can understand why, because it’s such a spectacular bird. It is the largest of all living parrots at 100cm. long, but it is not the heaviest, that honour goes to the flightless Kakapo from New Zealand. Seeing these […]
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  • Considering the Egg Shell

    Egg shell is made up of the cuticle, a calcium carbonate layer and two shell membranes. About 10 000 pores on the shell surface allow air, but inhibit moisture and water passing through. The cuticle is the most external layer and is the first line of defence against water and to a certain extent any micro organisms that may come into contact with it. Washing or damaging the cuticle can facilitate a bacterial invasion. The shell itself is approximately 11% of the weight of the eggs and consists of 98% calcium. The other 2% being magnesium, potassium, nitrogen, amino acids, and acids, with traces of iron and sulphur.

A total 17 amino acids are present, all within the cuticle and in very small percentages.

Although at present the shell is considered a waste product, research is underway to process and use it as supplements for human consumption, calcium replacement being the most obvious use but other uses are possible.

Easily digestible and almost supplying all the components in the right proportions for our birds to produce their own eggs, egg shell should not be a “maybe” in their diet. It is a necessity!!

So don’t even consider the egg shell, just DO IT!!
    By Russ Gillie When I first started trying to breed Gouldians, way back in 1980, I did not have much success, until a good friend, Arthur Dare, told me that I could forget about breeding them without egg shells. Obviously there are many other factors that can affect breeding these birds, for example cleanliness, water, […]
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