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    Naturevolume 134page684 (1934) | Download Citation



    ABOUT one hundred years ago budgerigars or love birds were first bred in captivity in Australia; in 1840 Gould brought the first living examples to Britain, and by 1880 their breeding had become a considerable industry at Toulouse. But it was not until the present century that the burst of colour-varieties appeared, which made the budgerigar perhaps the most striking example of selection under domestication, and brought for a time the value of birds (in the sky-blue and cobalt series) to from £100 to £500 a pair. This book, with its six beautiful coloured plates, will probably long remain the standard guide to the habits and particularly to the keeping and breeding of these attractive birds.

    Budgerigars in Bush and Aviary.

    By Neville W. Cayley. Pp. xv + 148 + 14 plates. (Sydney: Angus and Bobertson, Ltd.; London: Australian Book Co., 1933.) 7s. 6d. net.

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