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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Gouldian Finch Handbook by Tanya Logan is a non-fiction guide that is a virtual first-person encyclopedia on the stewardship of this gorgeous bird. Logan builds on her own love and experience, sharing what she has learned with the hope that a fellow “bird slave” may find it of some use. The book begins with an introduction to Gouldians with a detailed overview of their features and characteristics. From there, Logan dives into the purchase and care of the birds, covering topics such as what to look for and what you'll need to house them, climate requirements, accessories, and comfort and safety concerns. Feeding and breeding come into play soon after, again with common signs and ways to protect and nurture parents, eggs, and eventually hatchlings. Potential medical issues round out the overall care, all of which concludes with some excellent resources and links.
I admit that my bird parenting skills are extremely rusty, given that my last avian baby was a cockatiel at the age of 9 that I whistled at and had no further responsibility toward. Enter The Gouldian Finch Handbook and within an hour I'm scouring London bird sites for my next family members—two, as Tanya Logan makes it clear they must be in pairs. I really loved the “10 Easy Facts About” entry into a few of the chapters, and found my favorite part of the book to be on the breeding of Gouldians. It's absolutely fascinating to read about the entire experience, but its the immediate post-hatchling details that were incredible. For example, the fact that hatchlings have nodules on the sides of their beaks to guide feeding in a dark nest really provides the connection between Gouldians in the wild and those we are privileged to care for in our own homes. This is an excellent book for the casual bird enthusiast, Gouldian parent, or soon to be bird slave. Very highly recommended.