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Visit to Frederic & Karine Bivert, Liginiac, France

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 4:40 AM


In mid-March I had the great pleasure of spending 4 memorable days with my wonderful hosts Frederic & Karine Bivert from Liginiac, France. Anyone travelling to France I highly recommend a trip to the south of France; the countryside is magnificent. Frederic is President of the French Zebra Finch Club and author of a book dedicated to Zebra Finches—”Le Diamant Mandarine”; u...

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guttata ZEBRA FINCH STUD by Tim Hartung 2016

Posted on July 31, 2016 at 6:40 PM

After years of planning the perfect setup, if that is ever possible, and 18 months of construction I can reveal that the “guttata Zebra Finch Stud” Birdroom has now evolved. Now this is stage one of a three stage project, no time limit, but I believe I now have the near perfect setup for ME to develop a Zebra Finch stud. Now the real work begins in bringing all those plans and ideas together as I develop my line of birds.

My new birdroom is small by some standards but for m...

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Posted on April 12, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Author: Peter James

We have all had birds die in our aviaries. Usually a bird will look sick for a while before it deteriorates from its ailment and dies.

However occasionally a bird that looks fit and healthy can be found dead on the aviary floor. We will discuss the main reasons for this scenario occurring.

The most common reason is a broken neck. This happens when the bird panics and flies at great speed into the wire, perch or some other obstacle. It hits the barrier wit...

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Aviary Plantings

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 8:15 PM


Remember plants, shrubs and trees can have a variety of uses in any avi-ary, including protection from weather extremes, aesthetic, attracting in-sects, and providing nesting or perching places. Choose though, accord-ing to the birds you keep, bearing in mind that many hook bills can be quite destructive. Worth trying include...

1] Cotoneaster –available in ground covering or bush varieties. It is hardy, evergreen and easy to grow.

2] Lavender– i...

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Ringing Your Chick

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 10:40 PM

1. Ring at about 7/10 days. Take chick in one hand with its back in you palm.

2. Take foot between finger and thumb and hold as near to the ankle as possible. Ease the three ''forward'' toes together, with the back toe resting back up alongside the leg itself.

Note: Some breeders use a little ''Vaseline'' on the three forward toes if necessary to help keep them together, and on the ball of the foot to assist the closed ring to slide over it.

3. Pass the ring over the three f...

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The Federation Of Zebra Finch Societies

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

NATIONAL SHOW FOR 2013 By Peter James


Each year the Federation of Zebra Finch Societies Australia holds a national show. This year it was Queensland’s turn to host the event.  The South East Qld Zebra Finch Society (SEQZFS), chose the Ramada Hotel Marcoola Beach (Near Noosa) on the Sunshine Coast. It was a complete pack-age where delegates stayed and dined at the resort. The National Zebra Finch Show was held in the Spinnaker Room.


How d...

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When You Fly The Coop

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM

With the holiday season approaching, our thoughts are directed towards the trip away we promised ourselves. Having animals to care for must be our prime concern at this time, as our feathered friends are entitled to a consistent feeding regime every day of the year. For some of us our brain goes into “holiday mode” and just getting the suitcase packed seems a brain drain for us.


Our birds are OUR responsibility. We choose to keep them in captivity, so their welf...

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Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Over many years the Zebra Finch has had a reputation as a cheap bird, something for everyone to start with who would like to keep birds. It achieved this reputation because it would have to be the easiest bird to breed. No matter how small the cage, a pair would produce a few young.  The Zebra finch is the most prolific breeder of all species of birds.


We now come to the dedicated Breeder of bi...

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Posted on December 29, 2011 at 12:20 AM

THE earliest of our zebra mutations dates back to 1921. Over the years since then the rest of our recognised varieties occurred, either in aviaries or in the wild. For more than 20 years, Roy Pinch, from Katoomba in NSW, painstakingly researched their origins. I am very pleased that Roy has made available to us copies of his histories. Which are interesting in themselves but also provide an insight into attitudes of some of the early...

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