What sets this 528-page A4 hardcover book by Russell Kingston OAM apart from others is the individual focus extended to each bird group. Russell provides the reader with his own honest experiences with each bird highlighting not only his successes but also his mistakes and setbacks. It has surpassed all his efforts to date and is, without doubt, the most comprehensive resource on captive seedeaters in Australia, if not the world. The intended audience includes finch breeders from around the world—South Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia.
Covering 70 species with the aid of 400 colour plates the species that are closely related are treated separately but are grouped together in chapters. Chapter 21, for example, covers the family Neochima and includes the Crimson, Star, Red-browed and Plum-headed Finches.
Each Species has information covering all aspects of finch management and husbandry including—
• Distribution and Habitat in the Wild
• Health Issues
Besides specific species information there are also comprehensive chapters on:
• Avian Health
This book is a must read for beginners to aviculture and experienced aviculturists alike.
To the very experienced who feel that they have read, seen and bred it all, The Finch...A Breeder’s Companion will reignite a new and brighter avicultural flame.