Archive | Bird Species: Care and Breeding

The Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba)

The Coscoroba Swan is the smallest species of swan, slightly smaller than the Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melanocoryphus). It occurs naturally in South America, where it inhabits well-vegetated swamps and lagoons. It has no recognized subspecies (monotypic). Its name was derived from its calls that sound like “cos-cor-o-ba”. The females are commonly referred to as “pens” […]

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Duyvenbode Lory (Chalcopsitta duyvenbodei)

Duyvenbode’s Lories are also sometimes called “Brown Lory”. This beautiful Lory is one of a kind. No other parrot has a colour scheme of rich brown, yellow and violet. The predominant colour is dark brown, which contrasts with the striking crescent of bright yellow extending from the loreds and encircling the lower mandible. Forehead, underwing […]

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The Barraband or Superb Parakeet

One of three species of parrots belonging to the Polytelis family (Polytelis swainsonii), the other two species being the Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae) and the Rock Pebbler or Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus). Although the name ‘Barraband’ is used in New Zealand to designate this species, in its native home of Australia it is primarily known […]

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Turacos in Aviculture

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 Owl Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) – article compiled by: Avizandum

  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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