Breeding Condition Explained.

By Mike Fidler. POSITIVE FACTORS AFFECTING BREEDING CONDITION KEY TRIGGERS DAYLIGHT HOURS [PHOTOPERIOD] NUTRITION – FOOD ENERGETICS + NUTRITIONAL VALUE SECONDARY TRIGGERS CLIMATE,  TEMPERATURE, RAIN SUITABLE NESTING SITES & NESTING MATERIAL HABITAT COMPETITION, PECKING ORDER AGE, HEALTH COURTSHIP BEHAVIOUR PAIR COMPATABILITY THE HORMONAL CASCADE Counter intuitive to many aviculturists, breeding condition starts with a period of AUSTERITY. Nearly all wild birds, in all climates, in…

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Crimson Finch Recovery.

Crimson Finch Recovery around Cairns –    the first ten years by John Davies-Griffith In February 2000 I was approached by Ergon Energy scheduler Steve Warren to have a look at three power poles in the Aloomba District south of Cairns that had been marked for replacement. They had signs of fresh nests that had been made in rot holes in the poles and they…

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An insect light trap

    An insect light trap – an additional source of livefood for your birds. by David Holmes, NSW Today we have numerous types of live food available to feed our birds. Termites, Mealworms, Bush Fly Maggots and Flies and Crickets to name the more popular ones available.  For some species even these insects may not fulfil their diverse nutritional requirements. There is, however, another…

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Why Heat Lamps?

Why Heat Lamps? by Mike Fidler Have you ever lost a batch of nestlings because they fledged too early on a cold winter’s day? Or lost a hen which became egg bound during a cold snap? Or lost a bird with some kind of bug, but you could not catch up to treat? Or simply worry about your birds when it is wet, windy and…

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Latest Gouldian funding.

AN UPDATE ON THE BIGGEST CURRENT INVESTMENT FOR SAVE THE GOULDIAN FUND    Gary Fitt, Brisbane (March 2019) We are now in the second year of our ARC-Linkage project, “Movement ecology of granivorous finches – informing fire management in savannas” led by Assoc Professor Hamish Campbell and his research team from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and focussed on the Wyndham region. It’s great to report…

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Finch Movements.

Naturally for Birds donates all profits to the Save the Gouldian Fund to support research and on-ground actions to help conserve wild populations of the endangered Gouldian Finch. In this series of articles we provide some information on the research projects being supported. Finch Movements – how far do Kimberley finches move? December 2019 Save the Gouldian Fund’s biggest current investment is with Charles Darwin…

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STGF Gouldian Finch Count – Results for 2019

Results of the Save the Gouldian Fund Gouldian Count 2019 Gary Fitt, Brisbane  (November 2019) Early September 2019 saw a happy band of 21 volunteers assemble in the town of Wyndham in the east Kimberley region of WA to conduct the annual count of Gouldian finches in the Save the Gouldian Funds long term study site around Wyndham. The Gouldian count was first done in…

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