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New Zealand Birdz Magazine. Articles on Birdkeeping and Bird Species from New Zealand, Australia and beyond.

Enjoy learning about all kinds of pet and aviary birds and keep up to date with what's happening through New Zealand's specialist bird magazine.

New DVD's on Parrots from Peter Odekerken

Here is the perfect gift for anyone who loves parrots, including Lorikeets. Two separate DVD's. The first one looks at a selection of South American Parrots, while the other looks at Lories, Fig Parrots and Hanging Parrots. Some brilliant footage by Peter Odekerken, who is well known for his photographs on pages of the Australian Birdkeeper. He travels the world looking at birds and has a special passion for Lories. These DVD's are a culmination of many years of travel to capture images of parrots. They are a must have for parrot enthusiasts ! SEE SHOP PAGE TO ORDER

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Birdkeeping the South African Way, Part 4. - by Eelco Meyjes. - Keeping and Breeding the African Grey

Red African Grey Mutation between siblings

How much do you know about African Grey parrots ?

Such a popular pet parrot everywhere. They are bred all over the world and perhaps even more so in their native country, so much if fact that some exciting mutations have been bred and are being further developed in recent years. This DVD presentation is another in the series by Eelco Meyjes and is equally as well done. It features not only how to be successful in breeding this bird, but with the help of one of South Africa's leading avian Vets, also looks at many aspects of their health and care, enabling this knowledge and know to be transferred to other parrot species. For those that want to enjoy the bird as a pet there are sections that deal with, "Buying Your Bird", "Teach it to Talk", "Sexing Your Bird". And for the serious breeder there are other parts on "Aviary and Nest Box Design", "Food and Nutrition", "Resting Your Breeding Stock" and much more.

The section on mutations will interest everybody. The Red mutation seen on this page and described in detail on the DVD is a world first. This mutation has come from a breeding program undertaken by a partnership of a few involved with this bird in South Africa, which included sourcing new legally caught wild birds as well aviary bred specimens. I am sure once established they will demand a high price for those fortunate enough to own some, although as usual some will say why spoil such an unusually coloured and unique bird. Still to others, the unusual colour of this mutation will appeal to many.

If you have been captivated by this beautiful parrot over the years why not get a copy of this DVD for yourself or as a gift for someone. Increase your knowledge and appreciation of this unique parrot.

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New Book - 'Budgerigars - Best Friend or National Champion'

When I was growing up and keen to know more about birds, generally the only books available were written by English breeders. It was still nice to read a bit about different varieties and look at the photos but many things didn't relate to this part of the world.

How great it is now to have books written by birdkeepers from this part of the world, Australasia. Hard covered with 210 pages, this book will be excellent for those starting out with Budgerigars right through to the more experienced breeder.

Written by Australian Breeders Judy Higgins and Betty Rea, I can see it helping many Budgerigar breeders on this side of the world understand and breed successufully the myriad of varieties available to the breeder today.

Sections deal with:
Budgerigar Care and Management.
Genetics.
Rare Varieties and Breeding Them.

Use this book as a basis for getting into the hobby or add this book to your already established library for reference. See shop page to order.

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Budgerigar Societies First Auction - A Great Success !

Breeders waiting for the Auction to start

North Otago Bird Fanciers Annual Show was held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th. More than half the display involved some 430 budgerigars representing all different breeds and colours. A feature of the show this year was the display of 44 different lots of budgerigars, many in pairs, that were offered to breeders at the Budgerigar Societies first ever Auction. Birds were contributed from all over New Zealand by some of the countries top budgerigar breeders.

Some birds were donated to the society with proceeds from sales going totally towards the club, others were sold on commission with part of the money being donated. Monies gained from sales will go towards the societies plan of staging more speciality budgerigar shows all over the country.

Top birds sold for prices above what many expected. The top price of $670 was paid for a Pied Dark Green/Blue cock and a Pied Opal grey Green hen bred by the Gamble/Fuller partnership. Another pair bred by the R & T Grinter partnership sold for $550. Some birds sold for as little as $30 each, but better birds sold from $200 to $300.

Although the weather was cold on the weekend it was good to see the club make use of the heater in the hall which made the venue reasonably pleasant for visitors to the show. The sales area was also well represented with a selection of birds available, including several pair of Opaline Red Rumps for $145 a pair.

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New Zealand BIRDZ

The Last NZ BIRDZ Magazine published

New Zealand BIRDZ is no longer published as a paper magazine, but has now been converted to an on-line magazine. We do however continue to publish Just Finches & Softbills magazine and if this is what you are seeking then click on the appropriate sections to find out more about this.

Many articles that have appeared in NZ BIRDZ in the past, as well as new articles on birds, birdkeeper, bird events, etc, will appear on these pages. If you have any questions about birdkeeping please forward them to us and we will try and answer them for you. We will not however be able to give you contact names and addresses or put you in touch with certain bird breeders if you are after a particular bird, this will be up to you. We will however run a for sale and wanted section on this page and if you forward to us what you want, with your contact details, we will place this on our website free of charge.

We hope you enjoy using this site as an excellent source of information to help you, but please remember everything, including articles and photos are copyrighted, so please respect that. If you have other queries see below.

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New Zealand Birdz Magazine articles

Aviary Construction

Aviaries - Conventional, Suspended or Cantileve...

There are a number of different styles of aviaries. The sort you choose will depend on what species of birds you want to keep, whether you specialise and what room you have. This article will help you weigh up a few options.

Canaries

Red Factor Canaries

Because of their colour, Red Factor Canaries are one of the favourite canary varieties.

Roller Canaries

The song of Roller Canaries is unique.

Doves

Diamond Doves

An easily kept and bred minature dove that can be kept peacfully with other species.

Lovebirds

Fischers Lovebirds

Dianne Calvert look at these popular lovebirds, their managment and breeding.

Parrots

Indian Ringnecks

One of the most popular medium sized parrots, bred and kept my many breeders, partly because of the many coloured mutations.

Kakarikis

The only native small parrakeet in New Zealand.

Splendid Parrot

The beautiful Splendid or Scarlet Chested Parrot is popular in Australia and New Zealand.

The Barraband or Superb Parrot

The Superb or Barraband is a favourite species kept by many. Reasonably priced in both Australia & N.Z.

The Rainbow Lorikeet

The most common Lorikeet found all over Australia.

Pheasants

Golden and lady Amhersts Pheasants

Two of the most popular Pheasants kept by birdkeepers.

Quail

Californian Quail

An introduced quail in both New Zealand and Australia

Chinese Painted Quail

Dusty Miller looks at the popular Chinese Painted Quail.

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

Questions asked by birdkeepers online.

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Feature articles:

Aviaries - Conventional, Suspended or Cantileve...

Californian Quail

Chinese Painted Quail

Diamond Doves

Fischers Lovebirds

Golden and lady Amhersts Pheasants

Indian Ringnecks

Kakarikis

Questions & Answers

Red Factor Canaries

Roller Canaries

Splendid Parrot

The Barraband or Superb Parrot

The Rainbow Lorikeet

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