Summary: This was the year that I first bred the Chinese Hawfinch and the White Crested Laughing Thrush, also bred were five more Green Aracari.
Included in the collection were:
White Tailed Jays, Red Cheeked Starlings, Chestnut Capped Laughing Thrushes, Chinese Hawfinches, Forbes Parrot Finches, Grey Crowned Mannikins, Cherry Finch, Star Finch, Bicheno Finch, Lavender Finch, Orange Cheeked Waxbills, Green Aracaris, Amethyst Starling, San Blas Jay, Greater Hill Mynahs, White Crested Laughing Thrushes, Mexican Green Jay, Azure Winged Magpie, Rheas, Spreo or Superb Starling, Red Avadavat, Purple Glossy Starling, Mexican House Finches, Kakarikis, Pennant's Parakeet, Golden Song Sparrow, Red-Rumped Parakeet, Princess of Wales Parakeet, Ringneck Parakeets, Diamond Dove, Java doves, Canaries, Budgies, Zebra Finch, Bengalese Finches, Italian Laying Quail, Cockatiels, Malibar or Chestnut-tailed Starling, Red Billed Starling, Mandarin Wood Ducks, Blue Capped Waxbills, Silverbills, Cut Throat finches, Lineolated Parakeets, Many Coloured Parakeets, Celestial Parrotlets, Rosa Bourke, Senegal Fire Finches and Chinese Geese.

White Tailed Jays
10/03/04 Courtesy of a Devon bird enthusiast I have a sexed and rung pair with which to attempt breeding. They are currently exercising in the 40 ft aviary.
22/04/04 These have been seen carrying twigs about the aviary.
03/07/04 The hen has been seen sitting at the nest site while the male has become quite aggressive and 'sings' .
From the adjoining aviary I can see two eggs in the nest. They are typical 'corvid' blue with spots all over.
12/07/04 Eggs disappeared!
10/08/04 Two more eggs were noted in the poorly made nest. One was already damaged but the other had been 'fostered'.
11/09/04 The fostered egg was destroyed by other birds. However, the hen is again sitting at the site.
Summary: They seemed to get into the pattern of laying in the poorly made nest and then tossing the eggs out. A more private nesting site would seem the way forward for next year.




Red Cheeked Starlings
10/03/04 These Asian Starlings are similar to the Malibar and White Shouldered Starlings which I have previously bred. As far As I am aware this species has never been bred in the UK before.
11/05/04 An inspection of the nest box on the 9th of May revealed an egg had been laid. Bright blue color, as would be expected from species of this region.
04 /06/04 It seems that the eggs were laid by the spare White Shouldered Starling sharing the aviary.
Summary: Although attaining excellent condition, they still seem a little too nervous to nest.




Chestnut Capped Laughing Thrushes
10/03/04 These are a well established pair from a bird enthusiast from Aberystwyth. They were reported to have built a nest in the past.
11/04/04 Only a few days after their move to a larger aviary, they have commenced building a nest in the naturally growing conifer therein.
22/04/04 They have for the time being, abandoned their nest building. 19/10/04
Summary: No further attempt was made and these birds have now been re-homed.



Chinese Hawfinches
10/03/04 Once common in Aviculture, there seem to be few pairs of these now available. As they consume the same diet as my parrotlike they are housed in the same enclosure. 04/06/04 I was treated to the sound of the male singing. A wondrous sound in low deep notes. Furthermore he was seen next morning carrying nesting material.
It seems that an open fronted nestbox is the choice as this can be seen with pieces of grass coming out of the front.
24/06/04 I decided to place a discarded 'thrush' nest next to the open box. I am pleased to say that the hen now sits continuously and I assume she is incubating eggs.
03/07/04 An eggshell which had obviously hatched was found on the aviary floor.
The hen is not continuously sat as before but spends lots of time away from the nest. She can be seen at the nest site at times though so I presume she is feeding the young.

They have both fledged and been seen moving around the aviary.
05/08/04 Both babies are progressing well and still being fed by the parents.
11/09/04 Surprisingly, the hen is again sat on eggs.
Summary: The late nest contained two infertile eggs.
This breeding I considered one of my best for 2004.



Forbes Parrot Finches
10/03/04 These are perhaps the most sought after of Parrot Finches. The pair were acquired in the Autumn and have wintered in the 50 ft available to them.
03/07/04 These are nest building.
Summary: Although remaining in immaculate condition they made no attempt to nest.



Grey Crowned Mannikins

10/03/04 I have several pairs of this interesting Mannikin.

04/06/04 They have now been moved to their breeding flight.
Summary: A disappointing lack of interest in nesting.




Cherry Finch
14/03/04 A normal male and isabel female make up the single pair.
22/04/04 The pair have now been placed in an indoor flight of which they have sole occupancy.
11/05/04 They have laid but as yet only on the floor!
11/09/04 A baby has fledged.
Summary: Loads of eggs ....... just one hatched, but this has been reared to independence.




Star Finch
14/03/04 I have several pairs of these beautiful Australian Finches.
04/06/04 They have now been moved to their breeding flight.
03/07/04 They are nest building.
Summary: These remained in immaculate condition but failed to produce any eggs.



Bicheno Finch

14/03/04 Also known as 'Owl Finches'. Charming little birds.
04/06/04 They have now been moved to their breeding flight.
24/06/04 They have produced their first eggs
14/07/04 Ignoring the nest supplied they have decided to nest on the floor behind an inspection door. It does have the advantage of easy photography.
Summary: They laid an abundance of eggs and some of these were fertile. None however were hatched.




Lavender Finch
14/03/04 Although mostly grey, these are always very 'eye catching' in the aviary.
Summary: These remained in immaculate condition but failed to produce any eggs.



Orange Cheeked Waxbills
14/03/04 Charming little subjects.
04/06/04 They have now been moved to their breeding flight.
Summary: These remained in immaculate condition but failed to produce any eggs.




Green Aracaris

23/03/04 It is hoped that this pair will again breed this year.
30/03/04 An early clutch of three eggs was discovered on the 28/03/04.
22/04/04 I was able to inspect the nest and the eggs have all been discarded. The pair look in excellent condition and it is expected that they will soon make another serious attempt.
11/05/04 They are now incubating their second clutch of eggs.
22/05/04 'Sweaking' was heard from the nest box on the 19th May. The parents have been watched carrying food into the box and 'purring' over the young.
04/06/04 Two young are progressing.
24/06/04 The two young are now beginning to feather up.
01/07/04 The two babies are about to fledge.
03/07/04 The two young have now fledged and are well able to fly the whole length of the aviary and still return to the nest box at night.
05/08/04 Three more young are present in the nestbox.
11/09/04 The three young have been successfully reared and are ready to fledge.
Summary: Another successful season! Five more reared to independence.



Amethyst Starling
23/03/04 Not the same pair as last year. I have managed to find a hen which is quite pied in her markings and makes an interesting subject. 19/10/04
Summary: Showed no interest in nesting.



San Blas Jay
23/03/04 This pair still remain one of my favorites.
11/04/04 They have been seen carrying twigs and the male has become very territorial. 22/04/04 They have chosen their nest site and indeed it seems almost completed the nest. The hen can be seen sitting on the nest quite often.
11/05/04 The hen is never away from the nest so it is presumed she is incubating a clutch of eggs.
22/05/04 The hen still sits, though I suspect the hatching date has now passed. 04/06/04 An abandoned empty nest has been noted.
11/09/04 The hen is again sitting.
Summary: Though keen on nesting, and building an immaculate nest, they again failed to produce.



Greater Hill Mynahs
24/06/04 The talking 'pet' has produced eggs, alas she has no partner. The eggs are very 'corvid' in appearance being blue and heavily blotched.
Summary: The production of eggs is an encouraging step forward.






White Crested Laughing Thrushes
23/03/04 This pair did manage to nest very late last year and by moving them to an aviary with a dense Leylandii tree they may well be encouraged to nest again.
22/04/04 They have indeed built a nest. Made mostly from dried grasses scavenged from the aviary floor it is placed in the side of the Leylandii conifer. I will have to do much more covert watching to establish whether they have eggs.
30/04/04 The pair are taking turns to sit at the nest and I can assume that the clutch is complete and incubation has commenced.
11/05/04 The pair hatched four young but disappointingly they were ejected from the nest on day one.
It is hoped they will nest again and in the meantime further screening can be added to the aviary.
04/06/04 After one being missing for some time, and the time elapsed enough for incubation, I was delighted to note today that one bird did not eat the mealworms offered but carried them off amid great excitement. I am sure that they are benefiting from the screening and are feeding their young.
18/06/04 Four babies were reared to about 10 days after which two were found dead on the aviary floor and the other two removed for hand rearing. One of these succumbed the first day but the other seems to be thriving.
03/07/04 The baby is feeding well and has started to try and feed itself.
The parents have been noted to disappear into the bush so perhaps they are nesting again.
10/08/04 The baby is fully independant.
Summary: Three nests and eight young and only one reared to independence!
Still lots to learn about these fascinating birds.


Mexican Green Jay
23/03/04 This pair look in excellent condition and this being their second year at my aviaries, I am very hopeful for success.
30/04/04 They have commenced building a nest from mostly coconut fiber.
11/05/04 I was delighted to discover the first egg was laid on the 9th May. It is typical 'corvid' being dull blue heavily spotted with brown.
22/05/04 There was no sign of any incubating, so I decided to inspect the nest site. It was deserted and the earlier egg gone. No doubt they were put off by my earlier discovery.

26/05/04 The hen is incubating. Although she leaves the nest at the slightest disturbance her tail is now bent at the end indicating she is spending a large amount of time sat.

04/06/04 Again the nest site is deserted and 'egg less'.
18/06/04 Two eggs have been viewed in their nest. They are however very nervous and will leave the eggs at the slightest disturbance.
24/06/04 The eggs have again disappeared. They seem to be very nervous nesters.

01/07/04 This damaged egg was found on their aviary floor
Summary: Lots of eggs but nervous sitters.



Azure Winged Magpie
23/03/04 The pair that bred last year still have their offspring with them, and it is usual for them to nest as a family group.
22/05/04 I can see the female sitting on a nest occasionally.
04/06/04 A perfect nest awaits the first egg.
24/06/04 Four eggs have appeared at last.

12/07/04 Seven eggs were seen in nest.
14/07/04 An inspection with the camera on the 13/07/04 revealed a healthy nest full of babies!
05/08/04 A single baby has fledged.
Summary: Same result as last year.



23/03/04 This should be the year that we find out if we have any females, by the appearance of an egg.
22/04/04 There is a continuous display sound which is like a 'low' note on a on a large wind instrument. One of the males often displays to the one which we believe is a female.

17/05/04 The first egg appeared on the afternoon of the 16th May.
22/05/04 Another egg has appeared. This one has been collected by one of the males and deposited in his nest. The nest is a scrape in the corner of the enclosure and he has collected grasses and twigs to add to it. He is guarding it!
24/05/04 A third egg is now in the nest, the female, having just laid the egg, leaves the male to tidy the nest.
03/07/04 Some eggs have now been placed in the incubator.
11/09/04 Although some of the eggs were fertile, I was not skilled enough to hatch any.
Summary: Eggs only. My incubation skills were not good enough.


Spreo or Superb Starling
23/03/04 Although I have bred these on several occasions and this is well documented, this pair are both 'aviary bred' and mature enough to produce what will be third generation Spreos.
11/05/04 They laid four eggs only to remove them from the nest box and place them on the ledges of the aviary!
Summary: Eggs only.



Red Avadavat
04/06/04 They have now been moved to their breeding flight.
Summary: They made no attempt to breed.



Purple Glossy Starling

12/07/04 This pair have eggs in an open fronted nestbox.
05/08/04 The eggs proved infertile.
Summary:This aviary bred pair are still quite young and the production of eggs was a good result.


Other species bred or attempted

Mexican House Finches:
Summary: Successfully bred.

Summary: Young in nest.


Pennant's Parakeet:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Golden Song Sparrow:

Summary: Made nest only.


Red-Rumped Parakeet:

Summary: No attempt made.


Princess of Wales Parakeet:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Ringneck Parakeets:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Diamond Dove:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Java doves:

Summary: Successfully bred.







Summary: Successfully bred.



Summary: Successfully bred.


Zebra Finch:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Bengalese Finches:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Italian Laying Quail:

Summary: Successfully bred.



Summary: Successfully bred.


Malibar or Chestnut-tailed Starling:

Summary: Young in nest.


Red Billed Starling:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Mandarin Wood Ducks:

Summary: Successfully bred.



Blue Capped Waxbills:

Summary: Eggs only.


Summary: Successfully bred.

Cut Throat finches:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Lineolated Parakeets:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Many Coloured Parakeets:

Summary: Successfully bred.


Celestial Parrotlets:

Summary: Eggs only.


Rosa Bourke:

Summary: Eggs only.


Senegal Fire Finches:

Summary: Young in nest.


Chinese Geese:

Summary: Successfully bred.

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