This is an essential reference manual for bird-keepers of all levels - from the novice looking to keep a single pet bird indoors to the seasoned breeder wishing to extend an existing aviary collection. A close look at more than 250 examples provides a fascinating insight into the coloration, characteristics, weaknesses and breeding habits of each of the major groups: waxbills, weavers, wydahs, canaries and related finches, quails and pheasants, softbills, Australian parakeets, cockatiels, cockatoos, lories and lorikeets, parrots, doves and pigeons. The book provides all the bird husbandry information needed for bird-keepers everywhere.
David Alderton is a best-selling authority on pets and their care. He is the former chairman of the National Council for Aviculture, he contributes to a wide range of general and specialist publications, and he has given talks at national and international seminars.