The Australian Softbill Online Database is an ongoing project to bring together as much available information as possible on the captive husbandry of Australian softbill species and foreign softbills kept in Australia. It will comprise original articles, archived scanned articles from magazines and husbandry manuals. Whilst I will endeavour to include as many Australian articles as possible, often useful information can be obtained from international articles or articles on similar exotic species. If you wish to contribute to the database, you can use this questionnaire to supply information.

I would like to thank those aviculturists that have assisted with information and articles, Paul Dick (Just Finches and Softbills Magazine), Simon Degenhard (Aviary Life Magazine) and Graeme Phipps (Richmond TAFE Animal Husbandry).

A wide range of  avicultural and bird rehabilitation equipment as described in the articles can be purchased at The AVI-SHOP

To read an article, click on the VIEW DOCUMENT button. Depending on how your computer is set up this will either open the article in a new page OR may send the article to downloads where you can open and read it.

White Winged Fairy Wren
Softbill Diets – Pros and Cons of Mealworms
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Softbill Diets – Breeding the Bushfly
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Softbill Diets – Feeding Native Frugivores
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Softbill Diets – Alternate Livefoods
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Softbill Diets – Setting up an Insect Room
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Introduction to Softbills
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Softbill Diets – Breeding Crickets
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Softbill Diets – Breeding maggots
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Softbill Diets – Live Foods
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Planted Aviaries
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Mixed Collections
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Fairy Wrens (Malurus spp.)
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Moth Traps
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Fairy Wrens
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Splendid Wrens
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Small Aussie Softbills
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Splendid Wren
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Red Backed Wren
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White winged Wren
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Thornbills
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White Fronted Chat
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Chats
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Red Whiskered Bulbul
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Robins
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Yellow Throated Scrub Wren
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Green Catbird
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White Browed Woodswallow
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White Browed Scrub Wren
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White Browed Woodswallow
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Splendid Wren
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White Browed Woodswallow
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Eastern Yellow Robin
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Dusky Woodswallow
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Scarlet Honeyeater
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Australian Honeyeaters
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Scarlet Honeyeater
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Helmeted Honeyeaters
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Eastern Spinebill
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Bush Stone Curlew
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Rainbow Bee Eater
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Red Capped Robins
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Oriental Magpie Robin
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Silver Eared Mesia
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Red Crested Finch
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Pekin Robin/Silver Eared Mesia
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Pekin Robin/Silver Eared Mesia
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Brolga
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Corvids
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Kingfishers
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White Eyes
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Australian Kingfishers
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Figbirds
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Tawny Frog Mouth
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Tawny Frog Mouth Handrearing
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Laughing Kookaburra Handrearing
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Blue Wing Kookaburra Handrearing
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Shorebirds
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Shorebird Handrearing
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European Starling
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Sacred Kingfisher
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Orange Chat
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Blue Faced Honeyeater
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Red Wattlebird
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Grey Crowned Babbler
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Straw Necked Ibis
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Stilts
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