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  • Title: New Zealand Birdz and Just Finches Magazines covering pet and aviary birds, parrots, softbills and finches.
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. |.. About Us.. New Zealand Birds Magazine.. Finches Softbills Magazine.. Books.. Subscribe.. Shop.. Links.. Contact Us.. Welcome to Just Finches Softbills New Zealand Birdz Magazines.. 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.. 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.. To order your copy go to our shop page:.. Click here.. Enquire about this item.. *** NEW RELEASE *** Zebra Finches in Australia - UPDATED 3rd Aug 2010.. 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.. **** NEW **** Searching for Shelly's Crimsonwing Amongst Africas Mountain Gorillas - UPDATED 3rd Aug 2010.. 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.. **** NEW ***** The Finch - a breeders companion - UPDATED 2nd Aug 2010.. 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.. New DVD Keeping and Breeding Softbills - Released Sept 2009.. After 5 years work, film  ...   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.. 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.. SEE SHOP PAGE FOR PRICES AND TO ORDER.. 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.. The Crimsonwing Finch Conservation Project.. 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: simon@africageographic.. com.. 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.. 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.. Visit our.. advertisers:.. Rare Finch Conservation Group - Proud Supporter.. New DVD s on Parrots - Click here for more info.. Order from Shop page.. Save the Gouldian Fund - Can You Help?.. NEW DVD on African Greys - See NZ Birdz News Page.. Just Finches Softbills - Issue 41 Special Issue, Vol 2 - Now Out to Subscribers !.. Don't miss a copy - click here to subscribe to Just Finches magazine today.. About us.. Finches Softbills.. Contact us.. 1 Spruce St.. , Oamaru North.. Oamaru 9400.. New Zealand.. Ph: ++ 64 (0)3 437 2119.. Copyright 2002 NZBirdz Magazine.. All Rights Reserved.. Website designed and hosted by We.. Do.. Websites..

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  • Title: New Zealand Birdz Magazine. Pet and aviary birds. Bird keeping in New Zealand and beyond
    Descriptive info: About New Zealand BIRDZ and Just Finches Magazines.. About us at New Zealand BIRDZ and Just Finches Magazines.. I started this hobby of Birdkeeping as a young person growing up in Australia.. Both my parents were also keen birdkeepers.. Finches were always my main interest and the first birds I owned were a pair of Gouldians.. Although having a break from birds during teenage years, once married, the hobby of birdkeeping was again pursued.. Living in Brisbane and later in the Hunter Valley N.. S.. W.. , I enjoyed keeping and breeding many different finch species.. Marrying a New Zealander (Kiwi) saw us eventually making the move to New Zealand to live and the birdkeeping hobby continued.. At first finches were kept and bred and to make a start, I was able to legally import a couple of shipments of finches over from Australia.. A move into the country, with more room, saw me progress onto a reasonably large parrot collection for a number of years.. However after moving to different location further North, (which meant a smaller backyard, but a better climate ) this resulted in me going back into finches, which have always remained my favourite.. Now we have moved again, this time back south to Oamaru, a small town of about 15,000 right on the coast.. A few new finch aviaries have been built but this climate is far more of a challenge for keeping exotic finches.. Over the years I have always been a keen reader of any avicultural literature available and New Zealand BIRDZ magazine originated from a desire to make available to all, information that keeps everyone informed about all aspects of Birdkeeping in New Zealand and beyond.. We started production in October 2001.. Unfortunately after publishing the magazine for about 5 years, (27 issue's) readership had dropped away over the last 18 months to a point where it was no longer viable to keep printing.. During this time we covered articles on all birdkeeping subjects, including species like Parrots, Finches, Pheasants, Quail, Budgerigars, Canaries, Doves, Poultry, Waterfowl, as well as  ...   our minds their was the possibility of doing something similar to this on a regular basis, if it proved successful.. It turned out that this issue did prove extremely popular in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere.. Because of requests by readers wanting something like this all the time, the idea of Just Finches Softbills was born.. Initially we planned on three copies a year at 4 month intervals , but have now increased this to 4 issues a year.. This magazine continues to be published and you can read about back issues and order asubscription to our magazine.. We don't have any staff assisting us, (as some might think) although it would be a nice luxury we could do with sometimes.. We work from home putting the magazine together and my wife and I act as a team.. I act as Editor, while Pam does the book work, and accounts.. Just Finches Softbills magazine is sent to over 20 countries.. Although we are mainly focused on Australasia, with Australia having the largest number of subscribers, it is our intention to always give the magazine an international flavour, by profiling breeders from other countries, as well as keeping informed with what's happening in the world of finches all over the world.. The magazine is primarily distributed through Pet Shops and Seed and Grain Merchants, as well as by subscription.. This website has been launched (Oct 2005) in an effort to streamline orders and meet the demand for our magazines and other avicultural literature that we market.. It has many more features than our original site and it is our intention to continue adding to it, to make available to all, as much literature and information on birdkeeping, especially Finches Softbills, as possible.. We hope it serves its purpose and adequately helps us better process your requests.. We also hope this brief look at us and how we got started will help readers gain some background knowledge of the magazines start and what we are endeavouring to do through them and this website.. Paul Pam Dick.. Paul and Pam Dick..

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  • Title: New Zealand Birdz Magazine, Articles on Birdkeeping and Bird Species from New Zealand, Australia and beyond
    Descriptive info: Upcoming Events.. Classifieds.. Wanted.. Back Issues.. 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.. Birdkeeping the South African Way, Part 4.. - by Eelco Meyjes.. - Keeping and Breeding the African Grey.. 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.. 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  ...   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.. 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.. 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.. 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 asked by birdkeepers online.. Asiatic Parrot Breeders Handbook - New Book from Phil Robson - OUT NOW !.. Australian Lorikeets - New Release for 2007 !.. 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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  • Title: Just Finches Magazine, a bird keeping magazine devoted to the management and breeding of finch and softbill species
    Descriptive info: Just Finches Softbills Magazine.. A bird keeping magazine devoted to the management and breeding of finch and softbill species, primarily focusing on Australasia, with each issue being released every 3 - 4 months.. Issue 41 -.. Feature articles on:.. Australian Finches Their Mutations.. South American Species Their Mutations.. African Finches Their Mutations - Part 2.. Zebra Finches Their Mutations.. Bengalese Finches Their Mutations.. British Finches Their Mutations.. 'Finches 14' Report.. Issue 40 -.. Parrot Finches Their Mutations.. Livefood.. African Finches Their Mutations, Part 1.. Identifying Sick Birds.. Gouldian Finches Their Mutations.. Rare Finches.. Asian Finches Their Mutations.. Management Program.. Issue 39 -.. Chats.. The Longtailed Finch.. Experience helps us Learn More and make Adjustments When Needed BREEDERS PROFILE, Rick Bruschi Luke Peters.. The Star Finch and its Mutations.. Thought and Observations - Keys to Breeding Rare Finches and Waxbills.. Add a Little Spice to Your Collection.. Building Aviaries on a Sloping Backyard.. Tri Coloured or Forbes Parrot Finch.. Benson Matura a Bird  ...   an Aviary, Combining Species, Feeding and Managing Softbills.. Speaker Profiles, Finches 14.. The Cuban Finch.. Issue 37 -.. Breeding the White Fronted Chat.. Saffron Finches.. The Blue Capped Waxbill.. Making a Start With Bengalese Finches.. Preparing for the Breeding Season.. Are Orange Breasted Wabills at Risk in New Zealand ?.. My Experiences at Fist Breeding Oange Breasts.. Gouldian Life Cycle Calendar.. Breeders Hideaway Paradise on the Tablelands - BREEDERS PROFILE, Dave Marilyn Ferguson.. Breeding the Red faced Crimson Wing.. Finches 14 - Convention Overview Speaker Profiles.. Ask the Vet - Gastrointestinal Yeast Infections.. Issue 36 -.. My Experiences With Orange Cheeked Waxbills.. The African Quail Finch - Combining the Qualities of Two Distinct Bird Families.. Lovely Tropical Setting for Aviaries in Cairns -BREEDERS PROFILE, Darrell Bresnahan.. Adding Doves to a Finch or Softbill Collection.. African and Indian Silverbills, Two Close Relatives that Never Disappoint.. A Quick Tour of North Island Finch Breeders - Part 2.. White Browed Woodswallows.. Focus on Coccidiosis.. Gouldian Standard..

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  • Title: Bird books, books on bird keeping, aviary set ups, parrots, finches - written by ornithologist & leading parrot & finch experts
    Descriptive info: Read About These Great Bird Keeping Books Then Buy From Our On-line Shop.. One of the most requested subjects we get from those keeping birds is how to build aviares.. In fact many ask what is the most suitable housing for all types of birds in many different situations.. For this reason we hope this new 120 page full colour book which has just been released at the QFS convention is Brisbane will be a real aid to those wanting such information.. It looks at many different housing situations and considers what we need for, Housing for Cold Climates, Large Display aviares, Specialist Aviaries, Keeping Finches in Cages, etc.. It also has a large section dealing with Popular Softbills in Australian Aviaries.. Hopefully it be of benefit to both those starting out in the hobby and to experinced birdkeepers as well.. *****NEW BOOK***** The Finch - a breeders companion by Russell Kingston.. The very latest book by world renowned finch expert, Russell Kingston.. This huge A4 sized book, comprising 528 pages contains invaluable information for the finch breeder.. As well as detailing Russell's personal expoeriences both in the keeping and breeding of the finches he also writes about his experiences in the field.. The book contains colour photographs of the finches, habitat, etc and drawings illustrating distribution in the wild, sexing of the finches and their nests.. As well as chapters on the finches themselves, there are chapters on breeding, housing, health and nutrition.. Each book weighs approx, 2.. Zebra Finches in Australia.. A new book on Zebra finches by two W.. A breeders Harry Doven and Ken Glasson.. Both have been involved with aviculture for many years and in recent times have specialised in breeding and showing Zebra finches.. The 130 pages contains parts on colours, housing, feeding, breeding, genetics, general information, health, diseases, purchasing and quarantine, as well as showing.. Softbills, Care, Breeding and Conservation.. Although this small soft covered book has been published for quite a while, the information is quite current.. It surprisingly contains a lot of information that will help the Softbill enthusiast.. It is difficult to find information specific to many softbill species and this book helps fill an important knowledge gap.. Written by Martin Vince, former assistant curator of birds at the Riverbanks Zoo, in Columbia, South Carolina.. Amongst other things sections deal with Purchasing Softbills, Housing, Suitable Plants, Diets, Feeding Techniques and Breeding.. As well many species are covered in the back of the book with large section of coloured images.. Well worth reading if you are thinking of keeping and breeding softbills.. Encyclopedia of Aviculture.. This book represents years of research and work on the part of the author, Glen Holland.. An array of species and a wealth of  ...   will be excellent reference for those starting out with Budgerigars right through to the more experienced breeder.. Budgerigar Care and Management, Genetics, Rare Varieties and Breeding.. Australian Grass Parrakeets - Psephotus Northiella Genera.. This second book on Grass Parakeets looks at the larger species of this family.. It has a large section on Red Rumps and their mutations, with some great colour photos, which will be of interest to New Zealand Breeders now that more are becoming available.. As with the other books in this series general chapters look at Housing, Diet, Management and Diseases.. Australian Cockatoos.. By Stan Sindel and Robert Lynn.. This time Stan Sindel teams up with Robert Lynn who unfortunately died before seeing the book published.. Robert Lynn specialised in Breeding Black Cockatoos and at the time the book was written was the only man in the world to successfully breed all species of Black Cockatoos, including a world first for both Yellow Tail Blacks and Palm Cockatoos.. It is an excellent reference book for those interested in keeping and breeding members of the Cockatoo family, and even has a section on the smallest of this family and its mutations, the Cockatiel.. The Gouldian Finch.. By Stewart Evans Mike Fidler.. This new 240 page book on the Gouldian Finch gives a wealth of infomation on this most beautiful of all finches, both in the wild and captivity.. Written by two of the worlds foremost authorities, with sections on captive management and breeding, it will be an invaluable reference for all wanting to learn more about this magnificent little bird.. Australian Grass Parrakeets.. By Stan Sindel and James Gill.. One of a series of small hard cover books witten by the team of Stan Sindel and Avian Vet James Gill.. Beautifully presented, its 192 pages covers all the Neophema species including Bourkes, Elegants, Turquoisines, Spendids, Blue Wings, Rock Parrots and Orange Bellied parrots.. If you are into these species this book is a must have.. A Guide to Zebra Finches and their Colour Mutations.. By ABK Publications.. It is our intention to stock as many books on Finches and Softbills as possible.. ABK publications have produced this book dealing with Zebra Finches and it is an excellent reference for the Zebra finch enthusiast.. Australian Softbill Management.. By Rosemary Hutton.. This smaller 144 page hard covered book look at keeping and breeding Australian Wrens, Robins, Chats and Dotterels.. A Guide to Gouldian Finches and their Mutations.. One of the latest in the 'Guide To' series.. 160 pages.. This new revised, soft covered edition looks at Gouldian Finches in the wild as well as captivity.. The coloured photos throughout the book are great and it is another welcome addition for the library of the Gouldian finch specialist..

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  • Title: Just Finches and NZ Birdz Magazine online store
    Descriptive info: BOOKS.. DVDS.. VIDEOS.. PRINTS.. MAGAZINES.. SUBSCRIPTIONS.. New Zealand BIRDZ and Just Finches Magazines Secure Online Shop.. Order your magazine subscriptions, bird books and DVDs online here.. Great gifts or treat yourself.. Please note that all prices are in New Zealand dollars.. To get an idea of what this is in your currency, use the.. Currency Converter.. Please note that this is indicative only as exchanges vary.. top.. inc.. post within NZ:$40.. 00.. order:.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. post to Australia:$49.. 95.. post to USA:$60.. worldwide post:$62.. post within NZ:$192.. post to Australia:$193.. post to USA:$226.. worldwide post:$240.. post within NZ:$60.. 50.. post to Australia:$59.. post to USA:$65.. worldwide post:$67.. post within NZ:$48.. post to Australia:$54.. post to USA:$61.. worldwide post:$63.. post within NZ:$165.. post to Australia:$190.. post to USA:$230.. worldwide post:$244.. post to Australia:$53.. post to USA:$57.. worldwide post:$59.. post within NZ:$85.. post to Australia:$100.. post to USA:$124.. worldwide post:$133.. post within NZ:$50.. post to Australia:$60.. post to USA:$66.. worldwide post:$69.. post within NZ:$78.. post to Australia:$82.. post to USA:$88.. worldwide post:$91.. post within NZ:$76.. post to Australia:$79.. post to USA:$85.. worldwide post:$88.. post within NZ:$72.. post to Australia:$76.. post to USA:$84.. worldwide post:$87.. post within NZ:$82.. post to Australia:$89.. post to USA:$103.. worldwide post:$109.. post to Australia:$52.. post to USA:$56.. post within NZ:$55.. worldwide post:$71.. DVDs.. A Selection of Lories, Fig Parrots Hanging Parrots.. This DVD is really a follow on from South American Parrots and looks at Lorikeets, Fig Parrots and Hanging Parrots.. I guess it depends on what you are interested in.. But if you are into Lories then this is the DVD for you.. Some great footage can be seen here and the Lories featured are a real highlight.. post within NZ:$41.. post to Australia:$46.. post to USA:$47.. worldwide post:$47.. A Selection of South American Parrots.. Peter Odekerken is probably best known for his display of photography on the pages of Australian Birdkeeper.. He travels the world in searh of birds and to photograph them.. He also had agraet selection of video footage that he has finally put onto a DVD and here is the result.. Its great to see many species we have read about and seen photos off live and moving on the screen.. A must have for parrot enthusiasts.. post within NZ:$35.. post to Australia:$40.. post to USA:$41.. worldwide post:$41.. Searching for Shelly's Crimsonwing amongst Africa's Mountain Gorillas.. Approx.. 60 mins  ...   difficulty in breeding and need for livefood.. Birdkeeping the South African Way - Keeping Finches - Part 3.. Running Time 80 mins.. In this third presentation you tour state of the art aviaries and birdroom setups and along the way look at more than 50 species of finches that originate from Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America as well as some rare African finches.. Birdkeeping the South African Way - Part 4 - Keeping and Breeding The African Grey.. The latest offering in this range of DVD's tells you all you need to know about African Greys.. It looks at the birds as pets, and amongst others it has sections on: Buying your first bird, feeding regime, teaching it to talk and general healthcare.. As well the presentation also covers everything for the serious breeder, including, aviary and nest box design, stock selection, pairing up birds and handrearing.. Birdkeeping the South African Way - Part 5 Keeping and Breeding Softbills.. The latest DVD in this series is double disk set that runs for 154 mins.. It not only covers some 85 different softbill species but also has information that will help with softbill diets, how to cultivate livefood for your birds and even helpful tips about how to keep your birds healthy.. A must have for softbill enthusiasts !.. post within NZ:$71.. post to USA:$82.. worldwide post:$85.. Prints.. Test item - please ignore.. Thanks.. post within NZ:$0.. 12.. Magazines.. New Zealand Birdz magazine.. Issue 18.. $5.. 00.. Issue 19.. Issue 20.. Issue 21.. Issue 22.. Issue 24.. Issue 25.. Issue 26.. Issue 27.. Shipping of New Zealand Birdz magazine.. New Zealand (free).. Australia ($3.. 00).. Worldwide ($5.. Just Finches magazine.. Issue 5.. $12.. Issue 8.. $11.. 95.. Issue 9.. Issue 10.. Issue 11.. Issue 12.. Issue 13.. Issue 14.. Issue 15.. Issue 16.. Issue 17.. Issue 23.. Issue 28.. Issue 29.. Issue 30.. Issue 31.. Issue 32.. Issue 33.. Issue 34.. Issue 35.. Issue 36.. 50.. Issue 37.. Issue 38.. Issue 39.. $13.. Issue 40.. Issue 41.. Shipping of Just Finches magazine.. Subscriptions.. If you would like to obtain a year's subscription of Just Finches and Softbills Magazine and receive the next 4 issues, or arrange a gift subscription, then please select your options here.. New Zealand Subscription: $50.. Australian Subscription: $62.. Rest-Of-The-World Subscription: $70.. Is this a renewal or a new subscription?.. Renewal Subscription.. New Subscription.. Start subscription at issue:.. Your privacy..

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  • Title: Bird links, useful New Zealand and international bird links for bird lovers
    Descriptive info: Welcome to Just Finches Softbills and New Zealand Birdz Magazines.. Here's a banner to use if you would like to link back to us:.. Aussie Finch Breeder.. Birds-R-Us.. Clifton Finch Aviaries.. efinch.. Lovebird mania.. National Finch Softbill Society of America.. Northern Territorys Gouldian Recovery Project..

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  • Title: New Zealand Birdz Magazine. Pet and aviary birds. Bird keeping in New Zealand and beyond
    Descriptive info: Contact NZ Birdz.. If you have any queries or comments, please fill in the form below to contact us.. We enjoy hearing from our readers and fellow bird keepers.. Name:.. Phone:.. Fax:.. Email:.. Comments:..

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  • Title: Finches softbills pet and aviary birds. Bird keeping New Zealand
    Descriptive info: Feature Articles.. A Finch Breeders Ideal Setup - Is it Possible ?.. The Ideal Setup should meet all our needs.. At the Auckland 'Finch Convention' I gave a talk that looked at Specialist Aviaries for the Breeding of Finches.. Some could see the benefits of concentrating on certain species with the sort of specialist aviaries described, and agreed with most of the points presented.. Others I'm sure, had different ideas and possibly felt there were alternative ways that could be taken to produce results.. That's fine by me, as I never feel like I have the correct answer all the time !!.. The point of relating this experience is to help us realise no one has the perfect setup.. There will always be improvements that can be made along the way, even if we think we have thought of everything at the start.. However if we always approach any article, discussion, or talk with an open mind, looking for something that we can use in our own setup, that will improve it, we will benefit every time.. A few points mentioned at the outset of this article then, will help us see that the Ideal Setup is always relative to a number of things, that everybody will differ in, such as the following:.. How many aviaries will depend on space.. * Our Budget.. * Space available.. * Species to be kept bred.. * The size setup we can reasonably care for.. Remember too, we are relating this article to how we primarily keep and breed finches in this part of the world, (Australia New Zealand) This is usually achieved in reasonable sized aviaries, with finches being kept this way all year round.. This would be anything but ideal for breeders in Europe, the U.. K.. or many places in America, where many breed their birds inside, in cages, perhaps in a heated birdroom.. Although the factors we have listed will still apply even to that scenario, what is the ideal breeding setup for finchkeepers in those locations is far different to what is ideal for us in this part of the world.. And even with our various conditions and needs taken into consideration, I'm sure, after reading it, some will say, that's not how I would do it!! In the end there is room in this hobby for a range of different setups and no one can say they have all the answers.. Typical large Australian finch aviaries.. This article is an attempt to address the needs of the Finch Breeder, that wants to concentrate on some species in particular, while still enjoying other varieties as well in their aviaries.. Many just don't get opportunity to build such an ideal setup because they have been keeping finches for many years already and have had to be content with making changes along the way, either knocking down a few aviaries and rebuilding them, or just making moderate improvements over the years, possibly still being dissatisfied with the finished setup, wishing they could start over again.. Fortunate ones like myself, (although a lot of stress and work is involved) move house and even location over the years and get a chance to rebuild aviaries, making the setup a little better each time, remembering the mistakes we made before so as to not repeat them.. I personally have moved seven times the last 27 years and built aviaries in every location and still feel I could certainly improve the setup I have.. The other drawback with moving is, each time you are faced with new varying weather patterns and layout of your yard.. This calls for adapting your aviaries to these new circumstances, and sometimes the situation is not always ideal, although an astute finch breeder will make sure that beside the new house, the yard will also have the required room and aspect for your new aviaries to be accommodated in.. This requires your wife or partners cooperation, something that at times can take some convincing.. Usually though some form of agreement is reached, (even if it costs you a moderate shopping spree for them!).. When an architect is commissioned to draw up plans for a clients house they are given a set of instructions that outline the clients needs.. This is referred to as an architects Brief These needs must be incorporated into the house plans so that when the  ...   and who of us has that sort of room ?? Some may have, but the majority , even if you live in a smaller country town, are still restricted to no more than perhaps a 1/4 acre.. However, equally good breeding results can come from more moderately sized aviaries and in most instances, better management of a collection is also achieved.. Dare I mention a size !!.. This will, in the end, come down to your preference, and there will be many different opinions about this, but I would suggest 1.. 8 or 2m wide by 3.. 6 to 5m in length and 2m high is a good medium sized aviary.. Larger aviaries may be fine if you have the budget and room, but there are other considerations.. Its harder to catch birds and can we really be sure of how our birds are doing when its difficult to see individual birds in such a large planted aviary environment? However in the end, its our decision and we may well have contingency plans in mind so that managing our birds in larger aviaries will not be a problem.. Large aviaries are great, but we need room.. As mentioned from the outset, the space we have available and our budget will dictate our boundaries here.. Holding Flights.. This is where young and spare birds can be held for longer terms.. One aviary would suffice if you have a smaller setup, but in the Ideal Setup we want two.. Two small flights, means we can hold cocks and hens separately if we wish or they can be used to hold two different lines of the same species separately.. If there is sufficient room, they can be the same size as our specialist breeding flights and built the same.. Alternative to this they could be built in another small aviary block or added to other aviaries.. I would suggest that aviaries 1.. 2m wide x 3m or 4m long would be ideal.. Its important we keep these aviaries for their designated purpose.. We all have a tendency to identify any spare aviaries as opportunity to add more breeding pairs, but this will only mean we have nowhere to keep young and spare birds.. Before being tempted in this way, make sure you have either built alternative holding flights or have some arrangement to fill this need elsewhere in your setup.. Cabinets or holding cages.. We have already touched on these, but there are a number of different sizes and combinations that will serve this purpose well.. Some use such cages as extra room for breeding, as seen on this page, Hooded Siskin can even be bred like canaries or perhaps bengalese can be kept as occasional foster parents in this situation.. Larger flight cages with a length of 6ft or 1.. 8m means birds can be kept for some time with room for exercise opposed to smaller cages.. Whatever combination we decide on, we will find that they are invaluable for a number of purposes and should be part of the ideal setup.. They are of course, as already suggested, setup in the birdroom.. Quarantine Aviary.. This needs to be away from your main bird collection.. Its purpose is to hold newly acquired stock for up to 6 weeks, allowing you to observe, treat and make sure your new birds are disease and problem free, before introducing them to your aviaries.. We can also use this to separate and isolate birds that might need specific treatment for certain health problems for a time period, while not being used for quarantine.. Again this does not need to be large and something 3m x 1m would suffice.. Of course the trick will be to accommodate this ideal setup in the room we have available and modifications to this plan may be needed to accomplish this.. This can be a challenge in many locations, as often our back yards are anything but ideal, but provided we get the basics right to start with, fine tuning the whole setup can be made along the way.. Next of course comes the fitting out of the aviaries, but that's another story !!! To conclude this article however we can tell you, that with good planning and vision on our part, although not all the same, taking our circumstances into consideration, it is possible to have an ideal setup..

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  • Title: Finches softbills pet and aviary birds. Bird keeping New Zealand
    Descriptive info: Keeping Softbills.. Softbill is a term loosely used to describe birds that feed on fruit, insects, nectar and some even meat ! This opposed to those birds that feed on grain or seeds.. It is a huge family and takes in small birds like Robins and Wrens as well as quite large birds like Toucans and Kookaburras ! It does not include Raptors or Lorikeets, even though they eat meat and nectar.. It also does not mean, as some might think that their actual bill is softer in composition than other birds !! Many finch breeders in Australia will often keep few species of compatible softbills in with their finches.. Others specialise in Softbills and will combine keeping doves with them.. Australia has a number of different softbill species that birdkeepers can legally keep in their aviaries, provided the proper permit is arranged.. Of course this only applies to native varieties.. Commonly kept in aviaries over there are many different species of Wrens, Robins and Chats.. Honey Eaters are also popular.. Bowerbirds, Glossy Starlings, Kingfishers, Swallows, the list seems endless.. Each state has a permit system and they specify which species can be kept.. A visit to one Softbill breeder in N.. this year saw me gaining insight into just how many softbill species there are.. There are other softbill species kept which are not native and therefore do not require the permits native birds do.. One popular species kept by a number of breeders is the Pekin Robin.. This is not native to Australia, but rather comes from areas in the Himalayan mountains.. It was available in NZ many years ago, before import bans were imposed but has since died out.. It was one of the birds listed on the recent failed import schedule, by Auckland Zoo.. Overseas in the U.. , U.. K and Europe, South Africa, there are a multitude of softbill species available for aviculturists to keep and breed.. What sort of Aviaries do you Need ?.. This will depend on what variety you want to keep.. Most varieties of softbills are not as domesticated as other bird species, which have been kept by aviculturists far longer.. The more natural environment we can provide the better, especially when trying for breeding success.. If we plan on keeping birds from rainforest areas, then that sort of setting should try to be achieved in a small way in the aviary you house the birds in.. This natural situation you artificially manufacture for the birds, will also help in providing an environment conducive to attracting insects, a feeding source of many softbills.. The larger the species, the larger the aviary needed.. If a very large aviary is constructed, then a number of different species can be housed together.. The aviary pictured in this article was setup like a mini rainforest, with vegetation forming an overhead tree canopy.. It was about 30ft high, providing a tree canopy above for the birds, with a suspended walkway through the middle giving a great view of it all at three different levels and it seemed like you were in the rainforest, although much drier than it would be in the natural bush.. It housed about 15-20 different varieties of softbills and doves.. This is not saying smaller aviaries can't also be used, but its likely only one pair of birds be housed in each.. What do you feed them ?.. This will depend on what species you keep as some may have specific dietary requirements.. Many bird product companies, like Vetafarm, Pretty Bird and Womberoo manufacture specific food designed for softbills, including artificial nectar and livefood.. This makes it much easier for the birdkeeper to properly provide a balanced diet for these birds.. While this may form the basis of the birds diet, other extras, like fruit and vegetables, and livefood can also be given.. Here in New Zealand there are a good deal of softbill species, unfortunately the most interesting species are native and are fully protected, so cannot be kept by aviculturists.. These would include, the three species of Honeyeaters we have here, the Bellbird, the Tui and the Stitch bird.. The latter is considered endangered.. These are all beautiful birds.. Silvereyes or Waxeyes as they are called, are also are similar to these species, but as they feed on insects and fruit as well, don't  ...   Saddlebacks and other natives.. Many of them are kept in large planted aviaries, similar to their native environment.. Some places that have these birds on display are involved with captive breeding programmes, but those more common species are held in aviaries, to give the public a closer look.. These institutions have a special permit from the DOC.. If they are involved in a breeding programme, there are pairs placed in much smaller enclosures, behind the scenes for breeding purposes.. These of course are not on exhibit to the public, but are applying the principles of aviculture, as we do for breeding successfully.. The big aviaries are just for show !!.. When you read about most species of Softbill in New Zealand, the interesting thing is that what has often lead to a decline in numbers with some species, is introduced pests, such as Rats, Stoats, Ferrets or even Feral cats.. And what is usually needed to save such birds from extinction ? Human intervention !! Often a captive management breeding programme, so that numbers of birds can be increased and reintroduced back to their native territory.. Aviculturists have often played an important role in helping repopulate endangered wild birds, from aviary stock.. Wouldn't it make sense that such aviculturists be allowed to keep and breed species while they are not endangered, so that they can learn more about their management and breeding habits ? Why wait until some disaster strikes a wild population, or even a slow decrease in populations because of habitation changes and then there is great panic and huge expense to try and save a species ? This deemed suitable only by a government department such as DOC.. And where have such skills in handrearing been learned and even improved on ? From aviculturists.. Its a known fact that many experienced aviculturists have much to give, when it comes to teaching others about rearing species.. By allowing birdkeepers to keep a list of specified, permitted species, captive held populations of these birds would act as a backup, should any disease or pest severely affect wild native populations.. A limited number of pairs could be taken from the wild initially or young could come from captive bred birds that are already in places like Zoos and public Bird Parks and then only captive bred birds, close rung, could be available to onsell to other birdkeepers.. Before anyone gets excited about this prospect, its unlikely to ever happen, but its a nice concept and one that has worked in other countries.. With the threat of Bird Flu and the unlikely prospect of NZ ever seeing birds imported into the country again, here would be an alternative for those interested in keeping and breeding our own softbill species.. Many would reason why would you want to keep such birds in an aviary ? This is not a new objection.. There has always been and will always be, those opposed to seeing any birds kept in a captive situation and this mindset is almost impossible to change in these people, but for those that see birdkeeping as a pleasure, its a different story.. Imagine walking out to your own aviary, anytime of the day or year sitting and enjoying these birds.. Watching their behaviour and breeding habits close up.. We are talking about responsible aviculturists, of whom there is many.. Whatever money would be involved in passing these birds onto other permit holders is not the important thing and for many the idea of keeping softbills may not appeal, others would simply not have the room, but for true birdlovers and those that would enjoy this different challenge, it would be a real pleasure to keep and breed some of these different species successfully.. Softbills won't be for everybody, the same as some like parrots and others like finches.. They will certainly require larger planted aviaries and therefore we will need a bit of room.. One thing we can be sure of is the fact that they will be hardy and will not require the warm enclosed aviaries other exotic species need.. They will however require a totally different diet to what we are used to for conventional species, but when you talk to those that start to keep them, they will admit you can easily get hooked on these birds, they truly are, fascinating !!..

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  • Title: Finches softbills pet and aviary birds. Bird keeping New Zealand
    Descriptive info: LATEST RELEASE - NEW DVD - Keeping Finches, Part 3.. Finches of Africa - Part 3.. Eelco Meyjes has just released his latest DVD in this series of Birdkeeping the South African Way.. This presentation follows part 2 in looking at finches only this time it looks further than Africa.. This time  ...   and along the way look at more than 50 species of finches that originate from Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America, as well as some rare African Finches.. It is also longer than the previous presentations, running for 92 mins.. You can order your copy by going to the 'shop page'..

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