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Book Review

'Australian Parrots A Field and Aviary Study'

(The Avicultural Review July 1985 Vol 7 No 7)

'Australian Parrots, A Field and Aviary Study'This book, 'Australian Parrots A Field and Aviary Study', is the most recent publication from the Avicultural Society of Australia. It is a compilation of articles originally published in "Australian Aviculture" that have been updated by the authors - Barry Hutchins and the late Bob Lovell.

A total of 36 species and 22 subspecies of Australian Parrots are covered throughout the text. The distribution of each species and subspecies is clearly indicated by a map. In the body of the text each parrot is covered in a chapter devoted to each genus. Each bird is covered under the following headings:

Description
Distribution
Habitat
Captive Breeding
Feeding
First Official Breeding

Under each heading there is all the combined personal experiences - in field and aviary - of both authors. It is really interesting to read an account of an aviculturists experiences with birds in the wild and to see how this has been applied to their aviaries. Something many of us wish we had the time and opportunity to do.

Other more general chapters cover management, housing and feeding as well as a chapter on diseases written by a Veterinarian. All in all a quite well rounded book on our Australian parrots.

The authors can speak with authority and are well known in avicultural circles. They have observed all the species and subspecies listed in the book with the exception of the Paradise Parrot (Psephotus pulcherrimus) and the Northern Rosella subspecies (Platycercus venustus hilli). In captivity they have kept 33 species and nine subspecies of those covered in the book and have been successful in breeding 25 of the species and seven of the subspecies.

The book comprises 200 pages and has several black and white illustrations. It is bound in a softcover format. This keeps the book cost down to a level where it is available to all aviculturists. The book sells for $18 and in NSW is available at each monthly meeting of our Society, or by mail from the Avicultural Society of Australia.

Turn to any page and there it is laid out for you in an extremely simple form. When they breed, expected egg numbers, common aviary sizes, advice on such broad topics as the best way to buy and acclimatise Red-capped Parrots to your aviary or common problems of the Mulga Parrot dying soon after you put them into your aviary and what is considered the likely causes. All this and more. It makes pleasant reading.

I would strongly recommend you add this book to your library.

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