Turacos in Aviculture Ebook

eBook (PDF), 246 Pages
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Turacos, known also as touracos, go-away birds, and plantain-eaters, are beautiful African softbilled birds of the family Musophagidae that grace many zoological parks and some private aviaries around the world. Written by an aviculturist with twenty years of experience raising turacos, this book is filled with up-to-date information and over 175 color photographs on how to care for and breed these active and unique exotic birds. Each species and subspecies is examined, with details about their life in the wild and aviculture. Extensive information about diet, care, parentraising and handrearing turacos is covered, including a chapter on hybridizing. The beginning bird fancier as well as the experienced aviculturist will find this book interesting, enlightening, and useful.
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  • By Bill Naylor
    May 11, 2013
    The author Kateri Davis with her husband run the Davis Lund softbill aviaries in Oregon USA, where she has kept and bred turacos since the 1990’s. Her experience and exhaustive research has harnessed a wealth of information, producing a book which David Jones Chairman of International Turaco Society, describes as an ‘indispensable guide for breeders and keepers of turacos.” Although turacos have long been iconic birds to foreign bird keepers, they are virtually unknown to the general public. Yet they are popular when exhibited in public aviaries, not only because of their attractive silky plumage and often-prominent crests. But also due to their seemingly boundless energy- as they jump from one perch to another, or run athletically along branches, Turacos have the disposition and extrovert personality of the cuckoos, a not too distant relative, and many species have distinctive beak and facial coloration. Forshaw’s classic “Turacos a Natural History of the Musophagidae” included... More > aviculture information, but was mainly an ornithological treatise of the family. Whereas this volume includes natural history, but is mainly a manual for turaco keepers, and enthusiasts, with valuable information for anyone interested in the contemporary care of softbills. Although in the wild turacos are not threatened, Ms Davis reveals despite most Turacos having bred in captivity, the scarcity of some species means bloodlines are limited, and inbreeding not uncommon. Some turacos are no longer represented in captivity. Ms Davis describes the 23 species and their respective subspecies in detail, and the book is lavishly illustrated with 175 photographs. The twelve chapters comprise almost 80 subject headings. Ranging from hand rearing to the controversial subject of captive turaco hybrids. Major subjects like diseases, nutrition and breeding are thoroughly covered. Bill Naylor A longer version of this review appeared in Cage & Aviary Bird magazine May1st 2013< Less
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March 17, 2013
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