Estrildid Finches

By G.J. Huisman. After 9 years of extensive research, I am very pleased to announce that the unique book ‘Estrildid Finches of the World’ will soon be published in English and Dutch. The book consists of 396 A4 pages of descriptive and factual text, 1,052 full-colour photographs and 146 maps, printed on high quality paper and bound with a laminated hard cover. The family of Estrildid comprises 34 genera with 145…

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JOHN IMPEY of “Birds and More

“”Naturally for Birds is thrilled to welcome a new agent for our products in Victoria. JOHN IMPEY of “Birds and More” is well known to many across aviculture in Victoria and he will now be an agent for the Naturally for Birds suite of supplements.John is also thrilled to be associated with NFB and had his first exposure with our productsat the Skye Bird Expo…

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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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