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Although this is not a medical text nor written specifically about finches, it is an easy-to-understand reference which covers a wide range of topics related to caring for birds, including: new bird purchase and acclimatization to your home, housing recommendations, feeding tips (including recipes to try at home), basic anatomy and physiology, how to recognize a sick bird, a handy index of symptoms of illness and other problems, first aid and home medical care, basic information on various diseases and disorders, and more. In-depth information is provided in this book, covering the nutritional and physiological topics of: dietary patterns, anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, the digestion of food, nutritional strategies and adaptations, nutrient requirements, amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, energy, minerals, and vitamins.
Hardback, 328 pages, pretty color paintings (no photos) & a few drawings. Written by a veterinarian, this text covers general information for the benefit of bird owners.
Catalogs birds belonging to Fringillidae, Estrildidae, and Passeridae.
This little book is a compilation of veterinary medical articles written by the authors as well as guest editors who are veterinarians.
This little book is a compilation of veterinary medical articles written by contributors who are veterinarians.
Does not go into any great detail on specific diseases, husbandry, or finches.
Reviews microscope use, sample selection (including how to make a fecal smear or float), then goes on to provide detailed photographs of various avian (& reptile) pathogens for identification purposes. Extremely dry book regarding avian embryology, primarily based on studies of chicken and quail embryos.
Includes notes (habitat, aviary, food, breeding) on a few finch species. Briefly covers general care topics such as aviaries and bird rooms, plants, as well as breeding methods and notes on habitat, behavior, breeding period, incubation, & nest preferences for a number of finch species as well as other birds such as button quail. Covers information on natural habitat, "life under natural conditions," captive history, housing, nutrition, cage and colony breeding methods, genetics, selective breeding, mutations, diseases, and exhibition. Introductory information on such topics as pet finch origin, housing, shipping, common illnesses, food, breeding; also includes descriptions of species dating mostly from the 1800s. Details many species describing such things as gender identification, natural distribution and habitat, field notes, keeping and breeding including degree of difficulty, specific health issues, behavior, color mutations, hybridization, and much more. Goes on to discuss the specifics of a number of avian brood parasites, including African parasitic finches of family Passeridae, which includes indigobirds as well as whydahs. Written for the pet owner with an interest in performing home microscopy.
Discusses housing, feeding, and has some interesting takes on nest site ideas primarily for use in an aviary setting. Covers breeding, conservation, health, housing, husbandry, nutrition. Reviews comparative biology such as evolutionary aspects of bood parasitism, adaptations of structure, plumage, acoustics, and eggs, breeding behavior of the parasites as well as host defenses.
The estrildid group of finches includes Australian firetails and grassfinches, African waxbills and firefinches, munias, avadavats, and parrot finches.
Although a somewhat old text (original copyright 1965), this book provides plenty of detail about australian finches, including: description, distribution, field notes, wild food and feeding habits, calls, courtship and mating, nesting, breeding, social activities, and aviary notes such as housing, captive feeding and breeding, and extensive lists of hybrids which have occurred between species. Written by an ornithologist, this text covers Estrildidae nomenclature, distribution, coloration, nestling mouth patterns, biology, plumage, species behavior (including feeding habits, preening, parental care, display, voice), as well as some advice for keeping the different species.
Truly just the "essentials" for an avian practitioner interested in a refresher on performing necropsies, radiographs, anesthesia and surgery.