These were some of the species kept that year:
Golden Song Sparrow, White Winged Grosbeaks,
Malibar or Chestnut-tailed Starling, Spreo or Superb Starling,
Mexican House Finches, Peruvian Gold Billed Ground Doves, Kakarikis, Pennant's Parakeet, Diamond Dove,
Ringneck Parakeets, Ringneck doves, Zebra Finch, Canaries and Budgies.

 

Purple Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis purpureus)

(Intro)
This pair consists of the baby I bred in 2000, and an unrelated mate.
As this pair were making no attempt to breed, and another birdkeeper wanted the male, the pair were split and only the female is now in my aviaries.

purple glossy starling

 

 

 

Red Billed Blue Magpies (Urocissa erythrorhyncha)

This pair was bought as a pair with previous breeding history.

This pair have now commenced nest building on a platform in their aviary. The nest although not substantial does contain a centre cup in preparation of egg laying. The male has also become territorial, driving away any birds in the neighbouring aviary that dare approach the wire barrier.

No further progress was made from nest building which was rather disappointing. It was decided to re-home the pair though their showy and graceful flight will be missed.

red billed magpies

 

 

 

 

 

Pekin Robin

(Leiothrix lutea)

This pair were bought as a breeding pair but made no attempt during 2001
Having gone through the first part of the 2002 breeding season still without any sign of any inclination to breed, they were re-homed.

Pekin Robin  (Leiothrix lutea)

 

 

 

 

 

Ringneck doves (Streptopelia risoria)

These have now commenced nesting and egg laying.
14/04/02
Five babies have currently fledged.

 

Ringneck doves (Streptopelia risoria)

 

 

Mexican House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus)
(Intro)
One of the two pairs successfully bred in 2001.
03/04/02
A nest has been built, though it is in a position that makes observation very difficult.
14/04/02
The hen is now incubating.
23/04/02
A used shell o n the aviary floor on the 17th April indicated that at least one baby had hatched.
07/05/02
A single baby fledged on 05/05/02. The hen has built another nest in a different location and can be viewed sitting her second attempt.
23/05/02
The second clutch has hatched.
11/06/02
This pair have now successfully fledged a further three babies.
08/08/02
A fifth baby has been successfully reared under a canary hen after falling from it's nest.

mexican house finches

 

 

 

 

Spreo or Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus)

I have three pairs. The senior pair bred six young for me in 2000. Both females of the younger pairs laid in 2001, though only infertile eggs.
12/03/02
The senior pair have this year not used the nest box, but woven a spherical nest from grasses and coconut fibre on a platform. Egg laying is no doubt imminent.
03/04/02
A nest inspection on the 1st April revealed that the senior pair had laid three eggs in their woven nest. On checking the younger pairs, one of these have also laid three in their outside nestbox.
14/04/02
The senior pair had eggshells on the floor (13/4/02) so it is assumed that they have babies. Pair three have also laid. (2 eggs on 13/4/02)
23/04/02
On the evening of the 21st a dead baby was spotted on the aviary floor of the senior Spreo pair's flight. However, a nest inspection revealed that there were still two healthy babies in the nest, indicating that all three eggs had indeed hatched. The eggs with pair two proved to be infertile.
29/04/02
'Pair two' have already re-nested. Three eggs being noted in their nestbox on 28/04/02.

On 05/05/02 A baby was spotted in the aviary having fledged. Examination of the nest revealed that the other baby, although fully developed and feathered had not survived. The new arrival can easily fly the whole length of the aviary, and looks fit and well.
Pair three: The eggs not having hatched by their due date, an examination was made of the nest box, and the clutch of four all found cold. The eggs were discarded and checked for fertility and three had fully formed chicks inside. At least I know that this is a fertile pair.
23/05/02
The 'fledged baby' is fit and well and the 'senior pair' have already laid again. Pairs two and three have yet again failed to hatch their eggs.
26/05/02
The senior p air have young in the nest again. The first of this clutch hatching on the 26/05/02. The two younger pairs both have eggs again.
11/06/02
Pairs two and three have yet again failed to hatch their eggs, but the senior pair have one baby in the nest box just beginning to feather up.
27/06/02
Unfortunately the baby died soon after fledging.
07/07/02
One of the young pairs is now incubating.
08/08/02
These eggs proving infertile, but the pair have laid again.

spreo  starling

baby spreo starling

 

 

 

Canaries

It is hoped to breed from 10 pairs.
12/03/02
Eight pairs put in their breeding cages on the 1st March have now all built nests and laid eggs.
03/04/02
Five pairs are currently rearing young.

Canaries

Canaries

Canaries

Canaries

Canaries

 

Canaries

Canaries

 

 

 

 

Malibar or Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnus malabarica)

The same trio laid only infertile eggs in 2000, but did foster last year and the previous year.
14/04/02
Having parted with the odd female, the pair have now made a substantial nest of grasses, fibres and feathers in one of the nestboxes. Egg laying is anticipated soon.
23/04/02
On inspecting the nestbox on the 21st April, two eggs were present.
07/05/02
Egg shells were noted on the aviary floor on 05/05/02, and a quick inspection of the nestbox confirmed that young were present.
23/05/02
An interim inspection revealed three babies. The parents continue to feed and some fledgling babies are expected soon.
11/06/02
The three babies have successfully fledged. The parents have also laid more eggs in the same nest box.
07/07/02
Their clutch of eggs all proved to be infertile. They have however, already laid another clutch.
08/08/02
This clutch was also infertile.

Malibar or Chestnut-tailed Starling

 

 

 

Pennant's Parakeet

This pair bred four young in 2001.
14/04/02
The male can often been seen feeding the female, and the hen has prepared her nestbox, egg production is considered imminent.
29/04/02
Four eggs were noted in their nestbox on the 28/04/02. The hen however has not yet commenced incubation.
07/05/02
The hen now seems to be incubating.
23/05/02
The first baby seen in the nestbox on the 21/05/02. An interim inspection revealed six fertile eggs.
11/06/02
Five babies are currently being reared.
07/07/02
Four babies have now fledged.

 

Pennant's Parakeet

 

 

 

 

Peruvian Gold -Billed Ground Doves (Columbina cruziana)
These have bred previously for me.
23/05/02
The pair having been moved back to their aviary of last year have immediately gone to nest and the usual two eggs are in the nest.
11/06/02
The first attempt having failed they are now making their second attempt.
07/07/02
They are now rearing a single chick.
17/07/02
This chick has been successfully reared and they are also incubating another clutch of two eggs.

Columbina cruziana

 

 

 

San Blas Jay (Cyanocorax sanblasianus)

This pair laid eggs last year, and bred for their previous owner.
They have commenced nest building on a shelf in their inner quarters.

 

San Blas Jay

 

 

 

Green Aracari (Pteroglossus viridis)

This pair is well established and has wintered outside.

Green Aracari

 

 

 

 

Black Spotted Barbets (Capito niger)

These will be spending their first year in an outside aviary as they are now well acclimatised.

Unfortunately, the male was lost and until a replacement is found, there will be no breeding.

08/08/02
Another male has been located and introduced to the female.

 

Black Spotted Barbets

Black Spotted Barbets

 

 

 

White Winged Grosbeaks (Coccothraustes carnipes)

His pair built a nest in 2001 and are a devoted pair. Hopefully they will lay eggs this year.
27/06/02
I am pleased to report that a clutch of three eggs have been laid. The nest is in a planted bush in their aviary. Hatching date is expected to be anytime from the 1st July.
07/07/02
A used shell was indeed found on the aviary floor on the 1st of July. The hen being off the nest later that day I was able to confirm that one baby had hatched. The hen is rarely to be seen indicating that she is still attending to the nest and contents.
17/07/02
After carefully studying the nest from outside the aviary, the baby can be seen looking out over the edge of the nest.
08/08/02
The young Grosbeak is now feeding independently, and a can be considered a successful breeding.

 

White Winged Grosbeaks

White Winged Grosbeaks

grosbeak baby

 

 

 

 

Kakarikis (Cyanaramphus novaezelandiae)

I now have two pairs consisting of Buttercup with pied mate.
14/04/02
On inspecting the nestbox on the 12th April four eggs were present.
29/04/02
The second pair have now commenced nesting. The first egg being laid on the 27/04/02.

07/05/02
On 03/05/02 at least three babies were in the nestbox of pair one.
23/05/02
Four babies are just feathering up.
11/06/02
The second pair have five babies in the nest box.
17/07/02
A total of nine babies have now been successfully reared.

Kakarikis

Kakarikis

 

 

 

Greater Hill Mynahs (Gracula religiosa)

These have yet to make any attempt at breeding.
14/04/02
The nestbox has been lined with twigs and grasses, and a breeding attempt looks promising.

Greater Hill Mynahs

 

 

 

Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

This pair has bred previously for me. 23/04/02
The first two chicks were viewed in the nest on the 21/4/02.

07/05/02
The first two babies have fledged.
Another pair have also laid eggs.
23/05/02
A total of three babies can now be seen fledged.
11/06/02
A total of seven babies have now been reared to independence.

Diamond Dove

Diamond Dove

Diamond Dove

 

 

 

 

Amethyst Starling (Cinnyricinlus leucogaster)

This pair reared a baby to feather stage last year. Hopefully they will go one step further this year.
11/06/02
The male is nest building and egg laying is considered imminent.

Amethyst Starling

 

 

 

Blue Winged Siva

(Minla cyanouroptera)

The male has unsuccessfully bred for me previously; the hen was bought as having laid eggs before.
14/04/02
The hen has been seen carrying nesting material.
29/04/02
They have built a nest on a ledge in the inside compartment of their aviary. It is made entirely of coconut fibre. One egg was noted on the 28/04/02.
07/05/02
On the 30/04/02 the two eggs in the nest were broken. The hen seemed to have made such a deep cup of coconut fibre she had difficulty incubating. They were discarded and a fresh nest site added.
11/06/02
The pair has now nested again. Only one can be seen at any time, so it is assumed that they are amicably sharing the incubation duties.
27/06/02
They are currently rearing three babies.

07/07/02
A case of mixed fortunes. Two babies fledged, but one was found dead next morning. The other however is now thriving, though still dependant on the parents.
17/07/02
The single surviving baby did not survive to be self-supporting. The pair have however used the same nest to lay another four eggs.
08/08/02
These were hatched but the parents did not feed them.
Blue Winged Siva

Blue Winged Siva

 

 

 

 

White Crested Laughing Thrushes (Garrulax leucolophus)

I have two pairs of these, and have high hopes of a serious breeding attempt.

White Crested Laughing Thrushes

 

 

 

Grosbeak Starling

(Scissirostrum dubium)

The colony bred one baby late in the season last year.

12/03/02
With a view to relocating this species this year to another aviary, I thought a quick check of the nest boxes still in place from last season would be prudent. To my surprise one pair of Grosbeak Starlings are already incubating the usual two eggs. They are pale blue with spots.
03/03/02
One youngster is currently being reared.
14/04/02
The youngster has not survived to fledgling stage, but no doubt they will attempt to nest again.
17/07/02
The colony has now been sold.

Grosbeak Starling

 

 

 

Ringneck Parakeets

(Psittacula krameri)

These are a pair of Lutino mutation Ringneck parakeets. First egg laid on the 22nd February.
24/03/02
First baby hatched on 21st March.
03/04/02
They definitely have at least one youngster, though their protective nature has stopped me counting the number of young.
14/04/02
Two lutino babies are being reared successfully.
23/04/02
The two youngsters are now beginning to feather up.
23/05/02
The two babies have both been seen outside the nestbox.

Ringneck Parakeets

 

 

 

 

Budgies

Several pairs are now caged individually and one pair have four babies, which are just feathering up.
(click on the thumbnail to view larger image)
17/03/02
Baby budgies just left nest. Bred from White-Winged Blue male & Albino hen.

Budgies

 

 

 

Port Lincoln Parakeet

(Barnardius zonarius)

24/03/02
A nest inspection on the 21st March revealed two white eggs.
(click on the thumbnail to view larger image)
23/04/02
A total of four eggs were laid, but have proved to be infertile.

Port Lincoln Parakeet

Port Lincoln Parakeet

 

 

 

White-lined Tanager

(Tachyphonus rufus)


Intro: These are a recent addition and a definite pair as the male is glossy black with a white lining under his wings, while the female is a rufous brown.
27/05/02 A nest has been made on the ground amongst the weeds. A single egg belived to be the first laid was discovered on the 22/05/02. The egg was creamy white with brown blotches.

11/06/02
The single egg was the only one laid. Though the hen incubated dutifully for well over the required period, it proved infertile. It is hoped that they will attempt to nest again.
17/07/02
A second nest has been built, again on the floor of the aviary.
08/08/02
The second nest containing two eggs were again infertile. Nest number three has also been built on the floor and contains two eggs.
19/09/02
Nest number three also proved to contain infertile eggs

White-lined Tanager

White-lined Tanager

 

White-lined Tanager

 

 

 

 

Royal Starlings

(Cosmoparus regius)
Intro: A recent addition to my aviaries and very beautiful.
They will eat out of my hand too! Also known as the Golden Breasted Starling.

Royal Starlings


Royal Starlings

 

 

 

 

Golden Song Sparrow

( Passer luteus)
They have made an untidy nest in an open fronted nest box in their shared outside aviary. The eggs are small, blue and heavily blotched with brown.
11/06/02
The eggs did hatch but they failed to feed the young, which was surprising as they are housed in an outside aviary. The male is al ready carrying materials about for their second attempt.
27/06/02
A further clutch was laid and three of their six eggs were fostered under the Zebra Finches. The other three eggs disappeared.
07/07/02
The fostered eggs failed to hatch. However, another nest deep inside an 'open fronted' nest box, seems to have young in it.
08/08/02
A young Sparrow was today seen fledged.
19/09/02
This seems to have been the only successfully fledged baby.

Golden Song Sparrow

Golden Song Sparrow

 

 

 

White Shouldered Starling

(Sturnus sinensis)

27/03/02
An inspection on the 22/05/02 revealed three eggs having been laid in the nest box.
11/06/02
Unfortunately this 'pair' seem to be both hens, and both are egg laying.

White Shouldered Starling

 

 

 

 

Zebra Finch

(Taeniopygia guttata)

27/05/02
This pair which I recently aquired have already laid and hatched young.
(click on the t humbnail to view larger image)
11/06/02
Three babies have fledged.

Zebra Finch

 

 

 

 

Rufous Laughing Thrush}

(Garrulax poecilorhynchus)
07/07/02
The hen, having been in my aviaries for nearly two years without a partner, was finally united with an established male . Nesting was commenced almost immediately with the hen carrying material and then nest building. The first egg was laid on the floor and broken, but two subsequent eggs were laid in the nest and are being incubated by both the male and female. The eggs are a bright blue.
17/07/02
After a local heavy thunderstorm, the nest was found tipped, with the eggs damaged. I was pleased to note however, that one of the eggs was fertile. The pair have commenced to nest again, making a completely new nest, and one of the pair can be seen sitting again.
08/08/02
These eggs were also found on the floor of the aviary.

 

Rufous Laughing Thrush

 

 

 


Barbary Shrikes
17/07/02
These lovely birds were made available recently, and not only have they settled well but have already gone to nest. Two eggs were noted at a recent inspection.
08/08/02
Disaster has struck, one of the pair was found dead near the nest site.

Barbary Shrikes

 

 

 

 

Black Necked Stilts

(Himantopus mexicanus)
17/07/02
This new pair of birds are really interesting. They are literally on stilts. They have settled well.

Black Necked Stilts

 

 

 

Black Throated Laughing Thrushes
17/07/02
These have yet to make any breeding attempt but have rewarded me with their beautiful song.

Black Throated Laughing Thrushes

 

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