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  • Pelicans

    Pelicans The Spectacled or Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) is a large black and white bird with a pink-yellow pouch. Courting... read more
  • Spur-winged Plovers

      Spur-winged Plovers We visited the grounds of Sydney University, where a pair of Spur-winged plovers is nesting. The parents... read more
  • African Lovebirds

    Breed: African Lovebirds Temperament: active, noisy Maintenance: low Cost: $25-$200 Lifespan: 10-15 years Recommended for: anyone History Lovebirds acquired their... read more
  • Australian Finches

    Breed: Australian Finches Temperament: Active, independent Maintenance: Low Lifespan: 5-7 years Cost: $15 (Zebra pair); $70 (Gouldian pair) Recommended for:... read more
  • Cochin Chickens

    Cochin Chickens Breed: Cochins (pronounced ‘coach-ins’)Temperament: docile, gentleCost: $150.00Maintenance: low-mediumLifespan: 8-10 yearsRecommended for: breeders and families History Cochins (pronounced ‘coach-ins’)... read more
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    Breed: Cockatiel Temperament: usually affectionate, individuals can vary Cost: from $20-$100 for pets, more for show quality Lifespan: 15 years... read more
  • Lorikeet

    Lorikeets – Rainbow and Scaly-breasted

    Breed: Lorikeets Temperament: gregarious and trainable Maintenance: medium-high Cost: $50-$6500 Lifespan: 7-9 years Recommended for: beginners to experienced birdkeepers History... read more
  • Satin Bowerbird

    Satin Bowerbird Paul and Chris Coffey contacted ‘Burke’s Backyard’ to tell us that satin bowerbirds were constructing a bower in... read more
  • Talking Budgie

    Talking Budgie Recently Bill Marks wrote to Burke’s Backyard to tell us about his talking budgerigar, Frederick. Freddie is a... read more
  • Sexing Peewees

    Sexing Peewees While filming a segment for Burke’s Backyard, Don noticed a pair of peewees foraging in his garden. Peewee... read more
  • Soccer Budgie

    Soccer Budgie Don visited Mervyn and Sally Abrams and their amazing budgie, Beau. Beau uses his cage as a home... read more
  • Chinese Silkie Chicken

    Breed: Chinese Silkie Chicken Temperament: docile, easy to handle Cost: $20 – $120 each Lifespan: 9 years Maintenance: low Ideal... read more