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anita432

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    Mr Gard, a well-known bird exporter, sailed for the old country with a large consignment of shell parrots and zebra sparrows [zebra finches]. Upwards of 5000 of these feathered voyagers are contained in six large cages. The birds were as thick as bees in a hive, the perches being places about 3 inches apart, and each case held about 500 pairs. The exporter has sent home as many as 35,000 in one season, with an average death rate of less than 1 per cent.
    Amongst them is a pair for which he asks £50, as the male parrot is a rara avis, being a shell parrot whose plumage is a beautiful yellow, as pure as the tint of a Belgian canary’s. His mate is very yellow, but slightly streaked with green, and their progeny resemble the mother. Mr Gard was hoping to breed more of the pure yellow birds from them, but he has failed to do so.
    The canary parrot is one of only three that he has ever seen amongst millions of the tribe. Mr Gard has been months collecting these birds visiting distant places northwards and obtaining a large number near Wilcannia. He states that he has captured most of them with a net and ‘knows their habits better than they do themselves’.

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