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Turacos for sale from ITS member Béla Pócsi in Hungary - 22nd April 2018:
• 2017 - 1 male, 2 females
• Plus 3 pairs of different ages
• 2017 - 3 males, 1 female
• 2016 - 1 male, 1 female
• 2013 - 1 male, 1 female
• 2012 - 1 male
• 2010 - 1 female
• Plus 6 pairs of different ages
• 2017 - 1 male, 2 females
• 2016 - 2 males
• Plus 2 pairs of different ages
• 2017 - 2 males, 3 females
• 2016 - 1 male, 1 female
• Plus 7 pairs of different ages
Also Luzon Bleeding-heart Doves available (10 birds from 2017)
Message on Sunday 11th March 2018 from ITS members Dick & Kay Jaquest: We are moving locations from East Sussex to Cornwall in the near future. I am looking for help in boarding 1.1 W C Turaco and 1.0 Lilac breasted roller, can be put together, for about two weeks while the aviary is installed.
If any member has any ideas Kay and I would be very grateful.
Thank You Dick & Kay Jaquest.
Phone number 01273584737 (answer machine)
|On 10th November
2004 at 22.36 Lesley Shield from West of Scotland entered the following problem:
we have recently handreared a second White-cheeked Turaco on the understanding
it was for a local wildlife park. When he/she (sex unknown) was around
3/4 months, just as his beak started to turn red, we tried to introduce
him to a fairly large aviary housing one 3 year old White-cheeked Turaco.
We started by keeping him in a separate cage in full view of the other
bird and gradually moved him closer to the main enclosure but after finally
releasing him into the aviary the older bird has continued to attack him.
We have gone back to the separate cage and tried again but this is still
proving difficult. I would be grateful of any advice or suggestions regarding
introduction of young birds to older more established birds.
Suggestion: It will depend on whether you have any other aviaries available.
If so then you could move the older bird out for a month or so while the younger
bird gets used to the aviary. Then move the older bird back into the flight.
Do you know the sex of either bird? You may find you have got two males.
you don't have any spare flights, then you could put in a temporary partition
to add the younger bird into a section of the flight, until it is used to it.
Some people advocate clipping one wing a little on aggressive birds to slow them
down, but that may not be a good idea with winter approaching.
extra cover within the flight, with a food bowl in the cover too, so the bird
being chased can feed where it is hiding.
|On 21st September
2004 at 19.51 Herman W. Milke from Germany entered the following question:
I am contacting you looking for some advice. During very necessary restoration
work at the tropical greenhouse nearby a turaco hartlaubi took his (or her) chance
to escape. Now its hanging around at my garden, probably enjoying some of the
berries and fruit there. I am offering it a similar mixed diet like it received
in captivity before and it has helped itself several times. Its favourite perch
seems to be the fairly dense hazelnut bush.
Any ideas what I can do to catch
it to be returned to the greenhouse?
have only once had a turaco out around my garden - a White-cheeked. It
was while I had a mass of ripe plums on my fruit trees, but the turaco
ignored them and came eagerly for a bowl of its usual diet which I placed
in a Larsen (Magpie) trap. The bird was caught at its first visit. If
you are unfamiliar with a Larsen, it has doors in the top of a wire cage
which hinge down and are held open by a stick across. The stick is actually
in two pieces, broken in the middle. When a bird lands on the stick it
falls apart and the door springs up, trapping the occupant. (See attached)
I placed the Larsen trap up on a frame in the tree that the turaco had
been perching in.
Alternatively, if you have an empty flight
you could leave the door open with food just inside. By placing the food a little
further in each time, the bird could be encouraged to enter far enough in. String
on the door would allow you to close it from a distance.
Hope you manage to
catch her/him. David Jones.
20th May 2004 at 14:34 Sylvie Couneson entered the following comment and question:
Congratulations for your nice web site.
Here are two
pictures of Western Grey Plantain-Easter, Crinifer piscator I have see in a zoo
Question: Can you explain how to take good care of
this type of bird. What size of aviary is necessary?
Answer (provided by Nigel Hewston):
Thanks for the
photos and your comments on the website. Plantain-eaters eat fruit with a little
universal or pellets as do other touracos, but also need more leafy food like
spinach, lettuce, cabbage or wild plants. I have not kept them myself but aviary
size would be as for other touracos, about 2 x 5m, or more if available. There
have been two articles on Plantain-eaters in our magazines:
9 - Eastern & Western Grey Plantain-eaters by Don Turner, which talks
about the species in the wild and their evolution.
12 - Western's Go Green by Nathan Crockford, which talks about captive breeding
of the Western species at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
Members can see more about Western Greys on the 'News' page of this website.