|Cock Hooded Parrot|
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Friday, 28 November 2014
|Young Black-headed Caique chewing Bottlebrush|
Sunday, 16 November 2014
|Most aviary builds see an amount of scrap wire left over|
Friday, 14 November 2014
|Termite Mounds were used for nesting by the Paradise Parrot|
Recently I was driving through habitat that was once part of the Paradise Parrots former range. The Paradise Parrot (Psephotus pulcherriumus) has been extinct for quite some time now (having last been seen around 1927) and although there is a view by some that it still exists, this is rather unlikely. Take a look in the collection of many museums around the world and you will find a cabinet holding the skins of this little Aussie parrot. Aside from some great photos and notes on the birds, skins and some eggs are about all we have left of the bird.
Friday, 24 October 2014
|A Common site - A Rainbow lorikeet in search of nectar|
Monday, 20 October 2014
|Black-headed Caiques are curious birds|
The Black-headed Caique is an attractive species and readily kept. They get about the aviary acting like clowns and love to explore their surrounds. They are by nature extremely curious and quite a rewarding species to keep.
|Wild Type Black-headed Caique|
This however is not a blog post about the Black-headed Caique and its housing etc. For a full article on Caiques refer to my article in Australian Birdkeeper Magazine Volume 27 Issue 4 available at www.birdkeeper.com.au
Monday, 6 October 2014
|Using a Samsung Smart Phone to Candle a Healthy Scarlet Macaw Egg|
I recently posted a photo of mine on Facebook (see above) that has seen a lot of positive feedback. The photo is that showing a Scarlet Macaw egg being candled using a smart phone. As can be seen the torch application that was downloaded onto the phone works brilliantly for candling parrot eggs.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
|Mature Cock Gang Gang displaying the red head|
Australia has a rich diversity of Parrots & Cockatoos. Many of these are unique and this includes the distinctive Gang-Gang Cockatoo. A species, which is believed to have been given the name Gang Gang by aboriginals, these cockatoos are seen through out much of their range in flocks and small family parties visiting parks, gardens, open forests, woodlands etc.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Aviaries come in many shapes and sizes. Some are conventional, some are suspended and some are a combination of both. Some have frames made of wood, some have frames made of steel, some have frames made of aluminium and some don’t have a frame and are just made of wire. Whatever the case what do you do if you have never built aviaries before?
It might seem like a big project to get off of the ground and sure it can be but it is also a little exciting as well. Getting plans for aviaries when you first start can be hard but the best thing to do is visit as many breeders as possible and get your ideas from there. You quickly learn from others what has worked and what hasn’t. Why it has worked and why It hasn’t worked etc.
Monday, 11 August 2014
|Rainbow Lorikeet at its hollow nest|
Parrots & Cockatoos are for the most part birds that nest in hollows within trees, cliffs or termite mounds with the exception of a few. So for breeding most require a receptacle that allows them to do what is natural and that is nest in a receptacle that imitates what they would find in the wild. Visit a number of parrot breeders and you might just observe that each breeder uses a diverse range of nestboxes. But WHY?
Friday, 8 August 2014
The latest issue of Australian Birdkeeper has been released and with it comes a cover photo of one of the clowns of the bird world, the Black-headed Caique. This issue features articles on parrot species such as the Northern Rosella, Malabar and my article on Caiques. Caiques are captivating birds that are on the increase worldwide and it is not hard to see why. It is hoped that this article will shed some light on the basics of keeping and breeding this group of avian clowns. Aside from the parrots there are articles on aviary design, finches and much more.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
|Close up of the Lutino (?) Eastern Long-billed Corella|
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
|Wild Rainbow feeding on a Grevillea|
The sub-species of the Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus h. moluccanus) that largely inhabits the East Coast of Australia is a highly variable bird. This common species visits parks, gardens and is regularly fed by homeowners at bird feeders. Unfortunately many continue to feed them a poor diet of seed or milk, bread and honey when products such as formulated lorikeet foods are now available. They are a vocal species and can at times be heard throughout the night in cities of Australia where large numbers roost together.
|Suspended Aviaries used by Mark Caudwell to house various Lories & Lorikeets|
Friday, 18 July 2014
|Normal Cock Bourke's Parrot|
The Bourke’s Parrot would have to be one of the best beginner birds available. They are inoffensive, quiet and pretty. They make ideal aviary subjects and are well suited to a life shared with finches and other inoffensive species in planted aviaries. Although always popular the Bourke has had a boost in popularity of late with the release in Australia of the Pied mutation of the Bourke’s Parrot.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
July 4-6 saw the hosting of the 2014 Parrots convention. A convention organized and run by the Parrot Society of Australia Inc. Parrots convention is put on every two years and caters for both the breeder and pet bird enthusiast. The line up of speakers for this year’s convention was world class yet again with vets, breeders, behavourists, educators, trainers and conservationists captivating the audience. Speakers for Parrots come from all corners of the globe and this year they brought various perspectives, experiences and knowledge that the audience found extremely helpful and that fostered thinking.
|Nanday Conures are far from bland|
An exotic of magnificence the Nanday Conure (Nandayus nenday) is a sight to behold. Easily distinguished by that black cap from which they get the alternative name of Black-hooded Parrot these striking predominately green birds fly swiftly. A wild flock numbering in the hundreds is not unusual and not surprisingly for this species they are often heard before being seen.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Imagine opening up the nestbox of one of your breeding pairs and inspecting the young only to notice that one of the chicks was totally different from any you had ever seen before. Perhaps one had red eyes whilst the others had the usual black eyes. For many the excitement would be starting to kick in but you have to tell yourself to wait and see. Imagine though that at the end you had something different. Then you could get excited.
Sunday, 29 June 2014
|NZ here I come!|
|Ben - Adelaide Zoo's resident breeding male|
The Palm Cockatoo is a unique and very cool bird with a high level of intelligence. Large and greyish black in colour they are equipped with a distinctive bill and bare cheek patch. The cheek patch says a lot about a Palm Cockatoo and will vary in colour from light reddish pink to a bright red depending on the bird’s age, level of excitement and or alarm. The crest too is erected when alarmed or excited and also features in their dramatic mating displays. Unlike members of the Black Cockatoo genus Calyptorhynchus the Palm Cockatoo lacks a coloured tail panel.
Monday, 23 June 2014
The Galah is an Aussie Icon & Easily recognizable
The acrobat of the sky the Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus) can be seen gallivanting about the country either in pairs, family parties, in noisy flocks of hundreds to thousands or even in mixed flocks with other Cockatoo species. These birds are referred to in some parts of Australia as pink and greys or overseas as Rose-breasted Cockatoos. They are extremely common both in the wild and in captivity.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
|Hen Jardine's Parrot|
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Mature Pair of Lilac-crowned Amazons
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Welcome to my new Blog. A blog I hope others will learn from, laugh at from time to time and enjoy reading. It will be a blog all about the birds especially Parrots. I guess it has taken me a few years to get on over and start a blog and I am not sure why? Can't be much different to what I already do on my facebook can it?