• Turacos in Aviculture

    Red Crested turaco
    Almost without exception people admire the beautiful Turacos, “Loeries” we used to call them; for example the beautiful green Knysna Loerie and in KwaZulu Natal we have the Purple-crested Loerie. These birds are not only beautiful, they are also interesting with regards to the pigments in their feathers. The red pigment, turacin, especially visible in […]
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  • The Red-lored Amazon Parrot

    Amazon Parrots, as we all know, have long been a favorite among aviculturists world wide. With their beautiful colors, amazing personalities and their variety of different species and sub-species, it is clear why they have been so intriguing and popular. In this article we are going to take a closer look at a popular species […]
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  • GERMAN ROLLER CANARIES by Anesh Singh (Quality Birds)

    Introduction and History The Canary is a small bird in the finch family and is native to the Azores, the Canary Islands and Madeira. Depending on its genetic make-up and, most importantly, the quality of its diet, the life expectancy of a canary is between 10 -15 years. Canaries that we all know and see […]
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  • Incubators and incubating tips for bird and parrot breeders

      I am sure most of us dream about breeding our birds without having to resort to incubating and hand rearing, a task we all know is not to be undertaken lightly. Sooner or later there comes a time when artificial incubation is necessary not only to save an egg or chick, but also to […]
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  • 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      Panacur 25” (was Panacur 2.5) is a worm drench that was originally made by Hoechst, which is now Coopers Animal Health, a division of Intervet Australia P/L. The active ingredient is Fenbendazole, at 25 gms/litre strength.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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