Foreign finches

  • A taste for silverbills

    A taste for silverbills

    12th February 2018

    Above: Lee Clarke with the partnership’s winning zebra finches at the Australian Finch Society’s members’ show in 2016 When LEE CLARKE decided to come back to birdkeeping after a break of nearly 20 years, he picked up straight where he left…

  • Zebra finches: Setbacks early in the season

    Zebra finches: Setbacks early in the season

    22nd January 2018

    Photo: Dave Brown. Breeding is underway with the normals as Dave tries to enhance his line   Heavy feather around the vent, late pairings, weight gain and human error were just some of the factors that made an appearance during Dave Brown’s…

  • Do you have what it takes to help the AFS this year?

    Do you have what it takes to help the AFS this year?

    16th January 2018

    Above: Chairman Dave Harris mans the AFS stand at the 2017 National Exhibition where it launched an English version of the Dutch book Australian finches and their mutations THE AUSTRALIAN FINCH Society (AFS) is appealing to members old and new to…

  • Bengalese finches: The right way to branch out

    Bengalese finches: The right way to branch out

    18th December 2017

    Photo: Tony Edwards. As part of his new venture into other colours, Tony plans to pair this young crested dilute chocolate & white cock, which is split for albino, with an albino hen Starting out with a new colour or…

  • Feeding finches for show bench success

    Feeding finches for show bench success

    29th November 2017

    Photo: Tony Edwards. Tony uses clear, plastic or ceramic dishes to offer eggfood and soaked seed to his Bengalese finches. These ones are part of a mixed group currently being assessed. While Bengalese can survive on a basic diet, TONY EDWARDS…

  • Java sparrows: From bantams to budgies and beyond

    Java sparrows: From bantams to budgies and beyond

    29th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Savvy novice: it was a successful first outing to the Northern Ireland Gloster Club show for Adrian – he won best novice cinnamon as well as best novice buff. Dave Brown meets ADRIAN SHIELS, an exceptionally versatile and…

  • The black-faced zebra finch

    The black-faced zebra finch

    21st November 2017

    Above: the black-faced zebra finch shows a black triangle on the face instead of a tear mark LARRY MANN explains why the striking black-faced mutation is becoming more popular on the show scene. In most cases, black coloration splits opinions,…

  • Zebra finches: the show must go on

    Zebra finches: the show must go on

    21st November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Talented artist Dougie Fleming (left) and brother Adam (far right) judged the Welsh ZFS show. They are pictured here with Tucker Furlong.  Even when you try your very best to prepare your top birds for shows, sometimes…

  • Zebra finch shows: six vital weeks

    Zebra finch shows: six vital weeks

    21st November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Preparing for the important show day: Dave’s show team get some show cage time Six weeks is how long DAVE BROWN starts to prepare his show birds before an event – how is your own prep coming…

  • Zebra finches: making the final cut

    Zebra finches: making the final cut

    21st November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Take your partners: Dave has found time to run some zebras through the show cages  DAVE BROWN continues to assess his stock for future use in the breeding room and show team, highlighting where his birds have…