Aviculture is ‘the practice of keeping and breeding birds and the culture that forms around it’. Often aviculture is not limited to this, but it is also concerned with the preservation of natural habitat and campaigns to raise public awareness (definition from Wikipedia).
Proven practical methods are presented to the aviculturalist, methods for the keeping and breeding of almost all bird families in the world. Birds that are discussed vary from the largest bird in the world, the ostrich, to the small hummingbirds. Also several special bird species are discussed, such as kiwis, saddle-bird storks, bee-eaters, swallows and red siskins.
The book contains information on diets, habitat requirements, compatibility with other species and the hand-raising of young birds.
Today the aviculturist’s challenge is to let birds breed in captivity and to obtain and keep a healthy population that is no longer dependent on animals caught in the wild. The authors of this book hope that the information provided in this encyclopedia will assist aviculturists in reaching this goal.
Encyclopedia of Aviculture
Hancock House Pub Ltd, 2007