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Enjoy reading about Finch & Softbill species and their management, through our specialist magazine “Just Finches & Softbills”, or look at general birdkeeping in New Zealand, as well as Australia and beyond, with articles on all varieties of birds and subjects through New Zealand BIRDZ Magazine on-line.

Suitable Housing for Finches & Softbills

Suitable Housing for Finches & Softbills

Just released at the QFS convention, this 120 page book looks at how to go about planning and building many different types of aviares for finches & softbills. It also looks and how to set up seed stations and an automatic watering system. The final chapter is devoted to looking at popular softbills kept in Australian aviaries. Chapters include:
* Planning Ahead
* The Basic Aviary
* Muliple Aviaries
* Large Display Aviaries
* Aviaries for Cold Climates
* Specialist Aviaries
* Aviaries for Softbills
* Alternative Housing
* Holding Cages and Aviaries
* Aviary Ideas for Seed and Water
* An Overview of Softbills
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*** NEW RELEASE *** Zebra Finches in Australia - UPDATED 3rd Aug 2010

*** NEW RELEASE ***  Zebra Finches in Australia

A new book on Zebra finches in Australia is now available from the beginning of August 2010. This is a joint venture written by Harry Doven and Ken Glasson from Western Australia. They have both been involved in aviculture for many years and in recent times have specialized more in Zebra finches. This book is their stories combined, and in it they will reveal their experiences and how you can successfully breed and keep Zebra finches. Most of the book and photos are from Harry and Ken themselves with the help of a few others ( especially Jim Clark and Frank Sundgaard Nielsen ).

In this 130 page plus all colour book you will read about the origins of the Zebra finch, colours, housing and feeding, breeding, genetics, general information, health and diseases, purchasing and quarantine, showing zebras, the national zebra federation, standards of perfection, selecting and breeding by each variety and the future - mutations and combos overseas. The book will contain 150 plus photographs.

The official launch of the book will be at the National Federation of Zebra finches show in Adelaide, which will be held on the 7th and 8th of August 2010.

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**** NEW **** Searching for Shelly's Crimsonwing Amongst Africas Mountain Gorillas - UPDATED 3rd Aug 2010

**** NEW ****- Searching for Shelly's Crimsonwing Amongst Africas Mountain Gorillas

Through our magazine we have kept everyone up to date with the progress of this worthwhile project being undertaken by the Rare Finch Conservation Group in South Africa as it as proceeded. This DVD presentation looks at the results so far in the search.

It looks at the difficulties involved in this huge undertaking, as well as going out into the field with Benson the birdcatcher, looking at how mist netts are setup each day and some of the bird species that are caught and measured before being released back into the wild. This of course gives the RFCG opportunity to make the public aware of what they are trying to accomplish.

By buying a copy of the DVD you will also help support the project. It is a well put together presenation that lasts for about 60 mins. You will thoroughly enjoy your look into this whole project. Check out our shop page for more details.

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**** NEW ***** The Finch - a breeders companion - UPDATED 2nd Aug 2010

The Finches - a breeders companion

Russell Kingstons long awaited new book is finally here ! A4 in size with 528 pages means it weighs some 2.4 Kgs. The down side of a book this size is the expense in postage to overseas locations !

As well as detailing Russell's personal experiences both in the keeping and breeding of the finches, it also relates his experiences with the birds in the field. Beside colour photographs of the birds, habitat, etc, there are also drawings illustrating distribution in the wild, sexing of the finches and their nests. As well there are chapters on the finches themselves, breeding, housing, husbandry, health and nutrition.

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New DVD "Keeping and Breeding Softbills" - Released Sept 2009

New DVD "Keeping and Breeding Softbills"

After 5 years work, film maker Eelco Meyjes has finally released his latest DVD on Keeping and Breeding Softbills. In fact when it came time to edit and finish the project Eelco had that much excellent footage it wouldn't all fit on just a single disk. So this latest offering is a double disk set that comprises 154 mins of footage.

Approximately 85 different species are covered. Not just the species themselves but also interviews with some of the breeders help with things like diets, cultivating livefood, health care tips and other helpful advice is given all with a view to helping you be a successful softbill breeder.

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Encyclopedia of Aviculture - Now Available !

Encyclopedia of Aviculture

A work that has taken years of research by author Glen Holland. South African born but now living in NZ. Species covered in this book varies from the worlds largest bird, the Ostrich, to the diminutive hummingbirds and waxbills. An array of species and a wealth of information has been gathered from aviculturist's worldwide to make this a true encyclopedia of knowledge for the all, including the average backyard birdkeeper. Because of the cut back on catching wild birds and the stopping of bird importation, Glen hopes this book will aid aviculturists to face the challenge of establishing captive bred strains of birds that are no longer reliant on replenishment from wild stock. An excellent reference book for all aviculturist's worldwide.

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Just Finches & Softbills can now be ordered through many newsagents throughout Australia. Just tell your local agent to get in touch with Wrapaway Transport - Ph 02 9550 1622

We have a limited number of NZ Birdz magazines left in stock. These can now be purchased for just $5 a copy. While now out of print, back issues have many good articles on birds and birdkeeing in NZ and beyond. See our shop page to order.

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Pekin Robins and Small Softbills, Management & Breeding

This long awaited book on Pekin Robins by Peter Karsten, is sure to prove popular. Not only does the information relate to managing and breeding Pekin Robins but the techniques and text contained also has application to other softbills as well.

Topics include in depth explanations on
* Housing
* Acquisition
* Hand-rearing
* Feeding
* Food Cultivation
* Health Care

The beautiful water colour pages of other softbill species and the many drawings of Peter on almost every page of the book make this an appealing presentation that everyone will enjoy reading. Both novice and experienced aviculturist alike will benefit from this well presented 250 page book making it an invaluable tool for all softbill breeders.

This book can now be ordered by going to our SHOP PAGE.

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The Bengalese Finch

Bengalese Finches are popular all over the world and are now considered a domesticated species. This book contains not only basic information that can help the beginner, but also has information to help even the most experienced breeder and exhibitor.

It covers, management, accommodation, feeding and breeding, with special sections on colour standards and how to breed them. The genetics are explained in a simple form. All the latest colours are covered. Find out how to produce these colours from your own breeding stock. This will be especially helpful to those wanting to produce and exhibit something different from their birds.

The authors have gained a wealth of experience from breeding and exhibiting Bengalese over many years, and are considered world experts on Bengalese. Originally written in Dutch this book is now been translated into English. Now available from Just Finches & Softbills Magazine.


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DVD available "At Home with Mike Fidler"

We are pleased to advise everyone of a new DVD presentation, that should be of interest to all finch breeders, although all birdkeepers in general, I am sure, will enjoy the presenation.

'At Home with Mike Fidler' is a series of interviews with well known aviculturist and 'Save the Gouldian Fund' patron Mike Fidler. It looks at his Aussie aviaries and gives tips for birdkeepers in caring properly for your birds.

This is formatted for Australia and New Zealand however it can be played in most countres on a laptop computer with DVD capabilities. See our shop page to order.

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The Crimsonwing Finch Conservation Project

Ruhija, located in the Biwindi Impenetrable National Park. Also home to 320 mountain gorillas.

The Rare Finches Conservation Group in association with the Wildlife Conservation Society have taken on an ambitious project. It involves researching the Crimsonwing Family of finches in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda.

The four species of Crimsonwings including the Dusky, Red Faced, Abyssinian and Shellys are all decreasing in numbers. The group is hoping to find out why? Very little information has been gathered on this family of finches. The park is also home to 320 Mountain Gorillas.

Shellys Crimsonwing is the rarest in this group and as far as anyone knows, the bird has never been photographed. Data will be gathered on the birds, through both active searches and mist netting. It is yet another opportunity for aviculture to get involved with Finch conservation, something already happening through the "save the Gouldian Fund". If you would like to assist those undertaking this project, then please get in touch through the RFCG website click here or contact Simon Espley at:

What a great way for aviculture to give something back to the birds that give us so much pleasure !

You can read more about this whole project in Just Finches & Softbills magazine, Issue 12 released during March.

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Feature articles:

A Finch Breeders Ideal Setup - Is it Possible ?

Keeping Softbills

LATEST RELEASE - NEW DVD - Keeping Finches, Part 3

NEW BOOK - Breeding American Songbirds

NEW BOOK - Parrots of the World

New Zealand's First Finch Convention. - From NZ...

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New DVD"s on Parrots - Click here for more info. Order from Shop page.

New DVD"s on Parrots - Click here for more info. Order from Shop page.

Save the Gouldian Fund - Can You Help?

Save the Gouldian Fund - Can You Help?

Rare Finch Conservation Group - Proud Supporter

Rare Finch Conservation Group - Proud Supporter

NEW DVD on African Greys - See NZ Birdz News Page

NEW DVD on African Greys - See NZ Birdz News Page

Just Finches & Softbills - Issue 44 - Soon Out to Subscribers !

Just Finches & Softbills - Issue 44 - Soon Out to Subscribers !

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