Birds for sale at dis­play

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Ex­plo­sions of colour will be wing­ing their way to South Auck­land this Sun­day.

Finches, bud­gies, ca­naries, quails, cock­atiels and other small par­rots will be on dis­play.

The New Zealand Finch Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is hav­ing its an­nual sale and ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend.

Many types of ex­otic birds are no longer seen at pet shops so the sale is a good op­por­tu­nity to see and buy the colour­ful birds from the breed­ers them­selves, com­mit­tee mem­ber Dave Allen says.

‘‘Some birds are suit­able for begin­ners in the hobby while oth­ers are more suit­able for ex­pe­ri­enced bird breed­ers.

‘‘Peo­ple can pick up tips on look­ing af­ter their birds and what is needed for their care,’’ he says.

A seed sup­plier will be on site to help an­swer queries and the as­so­ci­a­tion in­vites peo­ple in­ter­ested in the hobby to be­come mem­bers.

Some for­eign finch species have be­come rare over the past decade be­cause it has not been pos­si­ble to im­port them into the coun­try and suc­cess­fully breed­ing some species can be dif­fi­cult, Mr Allen says.

‘‘The as­so­ci­a­tion is keen for peo­ple hold­ing such threat­ened species to breed them to en­sure their on­go­ing sur­vival in New Zealand he says.

The bird sale is from 9am to 11am at the Pa­p­a­toe­toe Town Hall on Ge­orge St, Pa­p­a­toe­toe.

aviaries,’’

Blaz­ing birds: The African fire finch will be one of the many birds on dis­play at the sale.

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