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Dysons Wood Aviaries began in 2001 breeding a variety of finches including Zebra mutations, Stars (Yellow & Red), Double-Barred, and Long-Tailed. The passion grew and so did the collection! Soon Java Sparrows, Green Finches, Parrot Finches (Red & Blue Faced), Gold Finches, and many more were successfully raised and bred by Dysons Wood Aviaries. In this time we also kept Chinese Painted Quail.
In the mid to late 2000’s Dysons Wood Aviaries acquired more Native Parrot and Parakeet species, moving away from finches. Neophemas, Red-Rumped mutations, Superbs, Princess mutations, and Kings all became part of this growing hobby. Dysons Wood Aviaries also moved into New Zealand Kakarikis, larger hookbills such as Galahs (Eastern & Western), Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos & Corellas (Little & Long-Billed), and Native Lorikeet species such as Rainbows, Scaly-Breasted, Musk, & Purple-Crowned.
As with many hobbyist bird breeders, there often comes a time when you want to embark on a new challenge. For us, it was mutation breeding. We began to part with some of our birds and purchased a lot more Exotic species.
Indian Ringnecks became our first Asiatic species to own. We principally focussed on Pallids (Lacewings) as the colourations were something that interested us and appealed to our customers. Green-Cheeked Conure mutations, Sun Conures, Nanday Conures, Jenday Conures, Alexandrines and Moustache Parrots all joined the aviaries not long after our first few pairs of Indian Ringnecks came in.
In 2013/2014 we began to slow down on the number of Asiatics we keep, and began to keep fewer birds but focus on what we love to keep. A group of birds that really fascinate us are the Nectarivores; there is not much more complexity in colour than that of the Exotic Lories. We’ve kept a few different species over the years but our favourites are the Chattering and Blacks.
Chris loves to hand-rear some of our Native Cockatoo species, so we also keep Major Mitchell’s and Western Australian Galahs; with our Cock bird being a Lutino.
There are a few other hookbills that we keep, and more information on those can be found in our ‘Birds’ section.
The other side of what we love (more James) is our collection of Poultry, Waterfowl, and Gamebirds. With James’ involvement with The Pheasant & Waterfowl Society of Australia, the interest to keep rare and interesting species has certainly evolved. We now keep Swinhoe’s Pheasants, Kalij Nepal Pheasants, Black Cayuga Ducks, Royal Palm Turkeys, and Gold (Partridge) Brahma Chickens. The latter has just been imported from overseas, and are a really exciting addition.
We have plenty more to see throughout this site, so please feel free to take a look! If you have any questions, please get in touch.