Archive | Nutrition and Handfeeding

Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba)

The beautiful Umbrella Cockatoo, also sometimes referred to as the White Cockatoo, is a medium sized cockatoo weighing between 500 – 700grams and measuring 43-48cm. They are large parrots with impressive white plumage. They have been named due to their impressive, broad, backward bending crest, which opens and fans out like an umbrella. When their […]

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Big and Beautiful, the Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaws have been long prized in aviculture for their size and beauty. Not only are they among the largest parrots in the world, they also have amazing personalities. The Scarlet Macaws have especially long tails, which are often as long as their bodies. Scarlet Macaws are a brilliant red with yellow coverts on the […]

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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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Introduction to Rosellas

One sixth of the world’s species of parrots are Australian. Rosellas belong to the genus Platycercus and are often referred to as broad-tailed parrots, as the word Platycercus means flat or broad tailed. Rosellas can be found in all Australian States including Tasmania generally along the coastline. Rosellas are divided into two groups. One group […]

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Considering the Egg Shell

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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