Passerine birds: nutrition and nutritional diseases

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Few of the passerine species commonly kept in aviculture could be described as totally specialist feeders but, for reasons of convenience, species are generally categorized according to their principle dietary component. This chapter examines general principles of a captive diet; seed as a food source; areas of additional nutritional demand; provision of vitamins; nutrition of softbills; and iron storage disease.

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33.4 Seeds for captive passerine birds. Plain canary seed. Niger seed. Mixture including canary seed, red and black rape seed (small round seeds), linseed (brown, flat and tear-shaped) and hemp (buff, round and the largest). Mixed foreign finch (canary seed with mixed millets – red, white and panicum).
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