Hard to find Avicultural Books
This is a collection of what I feel are some of the
best reference books even printed on Finches, Doves and Quail.
I began my avicultural career with these books and find that
I use them over and over and they are never outdated only
out of print.
If the title below is highlighed
in Blue then at least one copy of the book may still be
available. Since I often have only single copies, they go quickly
but new ones arrive often. so check back frequently.
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Keeping and Breeding Zebra Finches
The Care, Breeding & Genetics of The Button Quail!
and Only Diamond Dove
Book by Jeff Downing
MY OWN BOOKS AND NEW BOOKS!
by Chris Blackwell
An English book, long
out of print in the US, one of the best ever written on breeding
show quality zebra finches. These are new copies, hard cover,
lots of color Photos and valuable information.
$60 each + $3.85 priority shipping
2 copies currently
by Carl Naether (1968)
This truly is a classic work and a must for ever
dove and pigeon keeper. It is filled with information on all
domestic breeds of pigeons and has an extensive section on wild
exotic doves. Carl Naether lived in California and was a pioneer
in keeping Exotic doves. He was a prolific writer, writing inumerable
articles on doves and pigeon. This book
is his finest work, and a must have for any one interestedin
doves! It was reprinted many times and there are several
editions, this particular edition was his most complete work.
The book is filled with black and white photos, no color. These
copies have the dust jacket and are in superb condition, pages
are clean and bright.
Price $35 (3 copies)
by Jean Delacour (1959)
This is my opinion the nicest of all dove books and
also the rarest. I have only found 2 original edition copies
in over 25 years. It is a beautiful small book filled with information
on even the rarest of doves and pigeons. No color plates only
black and white photos. It was reprinted (2nd edition) by TFH
in the early 80's but even that verison is now very scarce. This
copy is in MINT condition and a true collectors book. If I did
not have a second copy (given to me by from a friends collection)
I would never part with this one. This copy is in superb condition,
cover is very clean and bright, pages are slightly yellow due
to age but a very fine copy of a very rare book.
Pigeons and Doves of the World
by Derek Goodwin
The only reference work ever devoted to every single
species of dove and pigeon known. No domestics, only wild natural
species. This book covers ever one, even the extinct or nearly
extince ones. It is not an avicultural book but does have a section
on aviculture. The information and distribution maps about each
species is incredible and its a book you would read from cover
to cover, over and over. It has several color plates depicting
some incredible species but considering it covers 400+ species,
only a small percentage are shown in color. Most all are shown
in the form of good line drawings. This book was reprinted at
least 3 times, the last time being 1983. I often have one or
two copies to offer and the edition varies. the latter edition
had one extra color plate (perhaps 4 in all) the previous ones
only 3 color plates. If you like doves and pigeons, then there
is no doubt you would treasure this book as I have from the moment
I first saw it.
Price $45. (several copies)
by Barth and Anthon (1959)
A great book!!
This was the first cage bird book I ever owned and
I cannot describe how I as a young boy I could not put it down.
I studied ever picture read ever text, and dreamed of the day
I would own some of these birds. The book is filled with color
plates. Quail, hookbills, doves, lots of finches and even soft-billed
birds. I love this book as much as any. It has superb text about
each species depicted and great sections on feeding, housing
and care of cage birds. It really is a great reference book for
and none of it is out dated. In superb condition Price $24. (1
by Henry Bates and Robert Busenbark
In my opinion: THE BEST GENERAL
FINCH BOOK EVER WRITTEN !!
If there ever was a bible for
cage birds this is it! Another book I grew up with and
it was and still is indespensible to bird keeping. This large
book of over 700 pages if filled with information about every
finch you could hope to keep, plus doves, quail and soft-bill
birds too. I cannot tell you how valuable this book as been to
me, its another one I could not put down have constantly refered
to. The authors lived in CA and imported birds for many decades
so the info that they write about is based on their personal
experiences. The book many pages filled with color pictures,
color plates and some black in white photos as well. Each species
is treated separately with detailed information about breeding
and care. A must for any bird keeper. You will have the knowledged
of an authority on birds if you read this book, Promise!
Price $30.00 (several copies available) Its big and
heavy, so $7.70 priority mail $4.50. Media mail. It
was printed many times so covers differ from one edition to the
next but the text does not differ in any edition only the number
of color photos.
The Complete Book of Finches and Softbills is a comprehensive
guide to all aspects of caring for and breeding these birds.
Whether just starting out with one Zebra Finch or beginning to
breed Greater Indian Hill Mynahs, readers will find this book
an essential tool for success. This guide features: practical
information on the different species of finches and softbills,
including specific housing and nutritional requirements; expert
advice on everything from selecting a healthy bird to improving
breeding results; instructional guidance on identifying birds,
building an aviary or birdroom, and treating illnesses.
Hard cover and beautifully illustrated. Price is $19.95 Shipping
by media mail $5.00
I will continue to list new books
as I find them.
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