There are many books on budgerigar keeping, but, as far as we are aware, none covers the development of this popular aviary bird since it was discovered in Australia in 1749. Yet the budgerigars are still the most popular of cage birds not only for showing but also for those who simply want a friendly bird to keep as a companion.
From about 100 years after its discovery, the wild green budgerigar has been developed and bred, so there is a multitude of different colors. who would have thought that such diversity could be produced from such small beginnings? Moreover, the exhibition budgerigar is now a much larger bird than the original and is presented in a form that is attractive and completely balanced.
The budgerigar Society has been the leader in this development, producing standards that are followed by all who are interested in this fascinating bird.
This new edition has been revised and includes colored plates which portray the earlier budgerigars and those which represent the modern type.
- Condition: New
- Paperback: 141 pages
- Publisher: Northbrook Publishing Ltd. (2001)
- Language: English
- Illustrations: Color and B&W photos and illustrations
- ISBN-10: 1857362705
- ISBN-13: 978-1857362701
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x .5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 447 g
|1. Discovery in the Wild and Early Breedings
2. The Development of Domesticated Budgerigars
3. History of the Mutations I – The Early Colours
|4. History of the Mutations II – The Rainbow Years
5. History of the Mutations III – Developing the Colors
6. History of the Mutations IV – Development since the 1930’s
|7. Unsuccessful Mutations – Current and Future Developments
8. Appendix – Bibliography