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Gouldian Finches and Their Mutations (Revised) by Dr. Rob Marshall
Annotation - Recommended Recommended Book
This book contains information applicable to the Lady Gouldian Finch: wild populations, captive housing and breeding, and mutations (including many "new" and "controversial" mutations). I recommend ignoring the section on "nutrition" entirely since better information is available through veterinary medical texts. Additionally, the genetics section unfortunately states "not enough is known at this time" when describing the mechanism which produces many of the newer colorations. The section on health and disease may be applicable to many species of finches. Lots of color photographs. Paperback, 160 pages.

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Basic Health & Disease in Birds by Dr. Michael J. Cannon
Book Cover Annotation - Recommended Recommended Book
Covers topics concerning bird health including, but not limited to, diseases (infectious, non-infectious, viral, bacterial illness), nutritional problems, parasites, and cures (if any). Easy-to-read and in many cases applies to finches, although it appears to focus on hookbills. Very basic medical reference; recommended if you cannot obtain a veterinary medical text. It is a paperback, 96 pages, inexpensive.



Clinical Avian Medicine and Surgery by Greg Harrison, DVM
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This book has 717 pages divided into 53 chapters that cover a broad range of topics of interest to the avian veterinarian. Many of the chapters include useful information for aviculturists as well, such as husbandry practices, evaluation of droppings, therapeutics, nutritional, viral, and bacterial diseases, parasites, and aviculture management. Unfortunately all of the photographs in this book are black & white and this book is somewhat dated. Hardback, may be a bit pricey.

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Practical Avian Medicine by Heidi Hoefer, DVM
Practical Avian Medicine Annotation - Recommended Recommended Book
This relatively inexpensive veterinary medical text is filled with specific information about selected clinical issues. It is not a general text that covers a little bit about every topic; rather this "collection is designed to offer readers a succinct approach to pertinent issues in avian medicine and surgery." Articles include: avian cardiovascular & GI anatomy, emergency care for egg binding, avian zoonoses, avian dermatology, and avian mites. Recommended, paperback, 240 pages.



Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation (5th ed.) by Seymour Block, Ph.D.
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Although reading 1481 pages on disinfectants and all of the chemistry involved in their mechanisms and activities may not sound particularly riveting, this book thankfully has an entire chapter dedicated to "Disinfection and Disease Prevention in Veterinary Medicine" (Ch. 54) which is highly applicable to aviculturists, and is easy to read. Therefore if you are able to find a copy of this book, please refer to pages 1069-1104 to answer any of your questions about disinfectants and their uses. Hardback, expensive.

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Avian Medicine: Principles and Application by Branson Ritchie, DVM, Ph.D.
Book Cover Annotation - Recommended Recommended Book
If you buy just one avian veterinary medical text, I recommend that you get this one. Although it may be a bit expensive, it covers so many topics in detail that it is well worth its cost. Examples of topics include: evaluating and treating problems, nutritional requirements and knowledge (including malnutrition and clinical conditions associated with it), evaluating droppings (including color photographs), bacteria, parasites, toxins, and so forth. This book includes many descriptive color photographs and even has an entire 28 page section dedicated just to passeriformes (the order of birds to which finches belong). The passeriformes section includes anatomy & physiology, avicultural considerations, and diseases. Hardback, 1384 pages.



Diseases of Cage and Aviary Birds (3rd ed.) by Walter Rosskopf, DVM
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This 1088 page avian veterinary medical text focuses largely on psittacine species (parrots), but does have sections dedicated to canaries & finches as well as wild passerines. Other presented topics include: caging and environment, nutrition, emergency medicine, various diseases and disorders (including digestive, reproductive, toxic, traumatic, viral, bacterial, fungal, and so forth), and anatomy. Hardback, moderately expensive.

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Avian Medicine by Thomas Tully, DVM
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This fairly expensive text does not go into any great detail about any topic, although it does cover basic anatomy, physiology, and nutrition, and it does contain a somewhat scant section on passerines and exotic softbills. Hardback, 411 pages.



Manual of Avian Medicine by Glenn H. Olsen, DVM, PhD
Annotation - Recommended Recommended Book
This veterinary medical text covers many aspects of avian medicine, including: dermatology, behavior problems, neurologic problems, reproductive disorders, abnormal droppings, neonatal complications, toxicology, nutrition, parasitism, necropsies, and much more. It is written in an easy-to-follow outline format. Paperback, 622 pages.

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Manual of Avian Practice by Agnes E. Rupley, DVM, ABVP
Book Cover Annotation - Recommended Recommended Book
This book is written for veterinarians (including information such as "how to take a history and do a physical exam," but has a lot of useful information which pet bird owners may find useful. Topics covered include: evaluation of droppings, laboratory diagnostics, nutrition, home care, signs of illness (general, respiratory, gastrointestinal, ophthalmic, neurologic, musculoskeletal, dermatologic), common diseases and treatments, necropsy (including egg necropsy), aviculture (aviary management), pediatrics, safe and toxic plants list. Paperback, 556 pages, sparse pictures (mostly black and white).



Sturkie's Avian Physiology by G. Causey Whittow
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This book contains some very detailed information about topics which are very specific to avian physiology. The subjects are pretty dry and may be most useful for researchers working with birds. It covers vision, hearing, chemical senses, the spinal cord, motor control, the avian nervous system, skeletal muscle, cardiovascular system, respiration, flight, energy balance, regulation of body temperature, endocrinology, reproduction, incubation, growth and development, etc. Unfortunately some topics of interest do not appear to be covered, such as passive immunity transfer to the chick. Something as fundamental as this should be included in a book dedicated to avian physiology, though I was not able to find it while reading through the index or the section on immunophysiology, for example. Hardback, 685 pages.

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How to Build Everything You Need for Your Birds by Don Larosa
Book Cover Annotation - Recommended Recommended Book
This little book is designed more like a pamphlet--stapled together instead of bound. It covers everything from building nestboxes to building "all weather" outdoor aviaries, as well as information on how to wire the aviary for light and power. It is important to keep in mind that although most of the construction recommends using wood, wood is impossible to disinfect. This means that if you decide to build a "hospital cage" out of wood as described in this book, you cannot reuse the hospital cage unless other measures are taken to "seal" the wood so that the surfaces inside the cage may be disinfected. Drawings are fairly easy to follow and understand. Paperback, 55 pages.




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