Archive | Bird Species: Care and Breeding

Lavender Waxbills By Gerhard Hofmann

For many aviculturists, the Lavender Waxbill is without doubt among the most fascinating and attractive Estrildid finches. In the past, the species was readily available and as imports also cheap. As a consequence only a few breeders invested their time and devotion to successfully breed this species. In Germany you could get a pair for […]

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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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